Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman, who hasn’t played since July 6 because of a balky hip, may not come back this season. Or ever. Frustrated by slow recovery, along with a knee injury that’s not healing, the Big Puma (or Fat Elvis) seems to be at the end of his rope with rehab and his body failing him. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News:
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” Berkman said of shutting down for the remainder of the season. “But I haven’t reached any final decisions on it. Hopefully I’ll do the best that I can and help the team. It could also depend on what the team’s needs are. This is an uncertain time of the year for everybody.”
Lance Berkman thinking this may be itCredit: Louis DeLuca/DMN Staff
It’s no coincidence that this talk heats up as the trade deadline approaches, as the Rangers need to figure out what pieces they need to make a run at the defending AL West Champion Oakland Athletics, who lead the Rangers by 3 games. A DH isn’t that hard to find at the deadline, if you know you’re going to need one for the stretch. More concerning for the Rangers is that with the hip and knee injury, Berkman’s power is sapped, something that doesn’t play well for a DH on an AL contender.
The 6-time All-Star is #4 all time among switch hitters in career home runs with 366, behind Hall-of-Famers (or soon to be) Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones.
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