Berkman Likely Not Back Before September

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 31: Lance Berkman #27 of the Texas Rangers talks with first base coach Dave Anderson #16 of the Texas Rangers after hitting a single in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman of the Rangers talks with first base coach Dave Anderson. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (AP) – Lance Berkman says he’s waiting to be activated from the disabled list by the Texas Rangers, and knows that may not happen for two more weeks.

Berkman said Monday that he doesn’t expect to be activated until rosters expand Sept. 1.

The 37-year-old designated hitter has been on the DL since July 7 with left hip inflammation and his sore right knee. He played four minor league rehab games in five days last week with no significant issues.

Berkman says he understands that the Rangers don’t have much roster flexibility for “any significant changes.”

He hit .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games before going on the DL. He played only 32 games last season for St. Louis before two operations on his right knee.

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