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Time running out on Berkman's season and career

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07:15 AM ET 07.31 | The clock is ticking, and Texas designated hitter Lance Berkman knows it. [Berkman], who's been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation, realizes that unless his hip and right knee start showing some improvement, his season and career could be over. "You've got to fish or cut bait and I think we're getting to that point rather quickly," Berkman said. Berkman hit in the batting cages Tuesday and did some light running. He hoped to hit again Wednesday. Berkman, who has hit .254 with six homers and 34 RBI, realizes that unless he can be a powerful presence for the Rangers he won't be able to help the team. He doesn't know if that will happen. "Running is the main thing right now and I think mechanically my swing isn't in a good place because of my knee."

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July 31, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Well he sure proved to be a great replacement for Michael Young. NOT!!!

July 31, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well he sure proved to be a great replacement for Michael Young. NOT!!!

Maybe we can replace Berkman with...




Michael Young!

July 31, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe we can replace Berkman with... Michael Young!

Hey O!! What a game last night. They go all season without a walkoff win and then have 2 in 2 nights. I heard that Michael Young rumor yesterday. Sending him off was not one of Daniels better moves in recent years.

July 31, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hey O!! What a game last night. They go all season without a walkoff win and then have 2 in 2 nights. I heard that Michael Young rumor yesterday. Sending him off was not one of Daniels better moves in recent years.

He doesn't fix what ails them... they need run production badly. And when Cruz gets suspended - even more-so. Gosselin was right this morning, though - I wouldn't do something simply for the sake of doing something if it doesn't significantly improve the team.

But the last two nights sure ease the pain.

July 31, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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He doesn't fix what ails them... they need run production badly. And when Cruz gets suspended - even more-so. Gosselin was right this morning, though - I wouldn't do something simply for the sake of doing something if it doesn't significantly improve the team.But the last two nights sure ease the pain.

I don't want them to drain the farm system either and end up coming up short, which I think they will. I don't see them over taking the A's. Even getting back Lewis and Feliz(?) won't make that much of a difference right now.

July 31, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Berkman with his hip ailment and bad knee all joints you need to drive ball with any kind of power. You have to plant knees and rotate hips to drive ball with any kind of power. Unless he had some kind of miracle cure, he will probably not do too much with bat. maybe some groundball singles through holes in infield. Berkman has had a solid career. he should retire while he can still walk.

July 31, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe we can replace Berkman with... Michael Young!

Unless he ends up with the Red Sox.

July 31, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

But the last two nights sure ease the pain.

Stayed up and watched last nights game ... quite a roller coaster. I found the Angels shift on Martin to be an odd shift, but I guess the felt they needed to close the infield holes ... anything to the outfield would have scored Moreland ... go figure :)

As to the need for a bat and Berkman ... it may just be his time, who knows, but they do need another bat iffn' they are gonna' make any kind of run ... and maybe two, depending on if Cruz is one of the nine ...

July 31, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Great guy and great career. He'll never be forgotten in St. Louis for what he contributed to the championship run. Everyone remembers what Freese did in Game 6 of the World Series(and rightly so), but Berkman's hit in the 10th inning that night was just as huge.

July 31, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Michael Young has made it clear he would waive is no trade rights only to go back to Texas. That could happen.

July 31, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Michael Young has made it clear he would waive is no trade rights only to go back to Texas. That could happen.

makes sense since he still lives here.

July 31, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Great guy and great career. He'll never be forgotten in St. Louis for what he contributed to the championship run. Everyone remembers what Freese did in Game 6 of the World Series(and rightly so), but Berkman's hit in the 10th inning that night was just as huge.

I agree, he'll get as many free drinks in Saint Louis as he wants for the rest of his life.

July 31, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Michael Young has made it clear he would waive is no trade rights only to go back to Texas. That could happen.

he may now be willing to waive his no trade rights to go to the Red Sox, which makes sense if he really wants a chance to win a W.S. He has no chance doing that back in Texas.

 
July 31, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Berkman was done last season. The Rangers gambled that he could stay relatively healthy as a DH and lost. He has been a very good player but it's time to "cut bait" as he put it.

Michael Young won't be returning to Texas and wouldn't be much help of he did return. They need a right-handed power-hitting outfielder and MY doesn't exactly fit the bill.

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