After a less than memorable stint in Texas, free agent slugger Lance Berkman is leaning towards retirement, according to a report out of Pittsburgh.
The Texas Rangers have declined their $12 million contract option for Lance Berkman, making the 37-year-old switch-hitter a free agent.
Ben says that Lance Berkman is the main person to blame for the disappointing 2013 Rangers offense, and he also plays the audio from the tense encounter he had with Lance after Monday night’s game.
The AL West-leading Texas Rangers have gotten back a veteran designated hitter and three pitchers from the disabled list in time for the pennant chase.
Texas manager Ron Washington says the Rangers expect to activate pitchers Neftali Feliz and Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman from the disabled list when rosters expand on Sunday.
Lance Berkman said that he is waiting to be activated from the disabled list by the Rangers, and knows that may not happen for at least two more weeks, when the rosters expand.
Lance Berkman was back in the Texas Rangers clubhouse Friday. It was still unclear when he would be back in the lineup.
The 37-year-old Rangers designated hitter, who is currently on the disabled list, said Thursday, after pondering his playing future for several days, that he is “coming back.”
After a strong start to the season, the switch-hitting Berkman was hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games when he went on the DL.
Aging Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman felt a twinge in his side, and rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch complained of a sore elbow.
The Texas Rangers finally find their bats and rally back to beat the Oakland Athletics Wednesday night in Arlington.
Lance Berkman said that he isn’t upset about being left out of the lineup Monday night for the opener of a four-game series against Oakland. He’ll take the extra day to regroup.