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27 Lance Berkman DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 2/10/1976 | Birthplace: Waco, TX | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Texas | College: Rice | MLB Experience: 15 | Salary: $10,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1011.00

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Lance Berkman calls it a career after 15 years in the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Lance Berkman has decided to retire, reports MLB.com.

"It doesn’t make sense to play in the physical condition I’m in," he said. "I’m not going to keep trying to run out there for the heck of it. I think I’m actually glad about it. I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, and at some point, I’ll definitely coach somewhere."

Berkman spent 15 years in the majors, playing for the Astros, Yankees, Cardinals and Rangers. He hit .293 with a .406 on-base percentage, .537 slugging percentage and .943 OPS. He also had 366 home runs, 422 doubles, 1,146 runs and 1,234 RBI in 1,879 games. He was a six-time All-Star and won NL comeback player of the year in 2011. 

"I’ve had a great career," he said. "I did everything anyone could have set out to do. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next."


Lance Berkman leaning toward retirement


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) The Pirates were told Lance Berkman is leaning toward retirement when they called to inquire about the 37-year-old designated hitter, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Berkman battled injuries in 2013, his one season with the Rangers, batting .242 with six homers and a .700 OPS in 256 at-bats.

Lance Berkman officially joins free agent pool


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/31/2013) The Rangers declined to exercise the 2014 option on designated hitter Lance Berkman on Thursday, according to MLB.com. Berkman, who now becomes a free agent, will receive a $1 million buyout, which takes the Rangers off the hook for a $12 million option for next season.

In 73 games, Berkman hit .242 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 2013.


Lance Berkman in the lineup again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman, who was a late scratch Sunday when the opposing team made a last-minute pitching change, was in the lineup at DH for Monday's game at Tampa Bay. It was the 37-year-old's first start in 11 games.

Because of hip and knee issues that have sidelined him for much of the season, Berkman, a switch-hitter, is available only from the left side of the plate. He's 0 for 7 since returning from the DL Sept. 1.


Lance Berkman won't start after all


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) Lance Berkman, set to make his first start in 12 days, was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Sunday. He was replaced at DH by Jeff Baker, as the Athletics replaced starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (illness) with lefty Tommy Milone.

Rangers manager Ron Washington went with Baker, who is hitting .326 with 10 home runs against left-handed pitchers, taking advantage of the matchup. Also, Berkman's hip issues have given him difficulties when swinging against lefties, according to the Dallas Morning News.


Lance Berkman gets a rare start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) Lance Berkman was in the Rangers' lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics as the team's designated hitter. It will be Berkman's first start since Sept. 3, and he has made just one pinch-hit appearance since then.

Lance Berkman may not start again


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman was not in the lineup for an eighth straight game Friday and that should continue according to manager Ron Washington, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Washington said he wasn't sure if Berkman would start again this season for Texas. The knee and hip ailments that have been bothering him are still limiting his performance. 

"I just haven’t seen where, with all the time he’s had off and where we are, that he’s a healthy guy right now," Washington said.


Lance Berkman only available from left side


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Rangers skipper Ron Washington said Tuesday that designated hitter Lance Berkman is only available as an option with a left-handed bat. Berkman is not taking batting practice from the right side and is not available as a right-handed hitter, FOX Sports reports. 

Berkman is batting .246 this season from the left side over 179 at-bats. He was hitting .254 over 71 ABs from the right side. 

Berkman is batting .248 overall this year with six homers and 34 RBI. That said, as he's dealt with injuries since June, Berkman has gone just 5 for 40 (.125) over his last 11 games. 


Lance Berkman returns to the lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is in the lineup Monday against Oakland for the first time since July 7, MLB.com reports. Berkman, who has been dealing with knee issues, is hitting .254/.355/.377 in 282 plate appearances.

Rangers activate Lance Berkman


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Rangers have activated Lance Berkman from the 15-day disabled list, MLB.com reports.

It's unclear how much Berkman, dealing with knee and hip injuries, will be able to help in September. He has a .254/.355/.377 line in 244 at-bats on the season.


Lance Berkman coming back Sept. 1


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman (hip, knee) will be activated on Sept. 1, MLB.com reports. Berkman stresses that he's ready to return now, in fact. Berkman will not require a rehab assignment. He played in some rehab games earlier in August before being pulled off it. 

Lance Berkman likely back Sept. 1


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman, on the DL since July 7, doesn't expect to return until at least Sept. 1, MLB.com reports Monday.

Berkman, who has inflammation in his left hip and a chronic sore right knee, said Monday he's willing to wait, though he believes he can return sooner.

"In a perfect world, Sept. 1 would be tomorrow," Berkman said. "But it's not. The situation is a difficult one for the organization. The roster, the way it is configured, doesn't lend itself to a change because it would leave us short in other areas. The best thing for us is to wait until Sept. 1, unless somebody gets hurt."


Lance Berkman could be held out until September


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is not expected to be activated Friday, according to FOX Sports Southwest. The Rangers may hold out Berkman until Sept. 1 when rosters expand, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Berkman has been sidelined since early July with hip and knee injuries. He is hitting .254 with six homers and 34 RBI in 244 at-bats this season.

Lance Berkman to be evaluated Thursday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman will DH Wednesday for Double-A Frisco and be re-evaluated Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. As of Wednesday, there have been no expectations that he'll be activated Friday. 

That said, it could happen, according to manager Ron Washington. He just doesn't want Berkman to get ahead of himself. 

"We'll see how he feels after this and make another call," Washington said. "We've got to leave him in the process. If we think he's ready, we'll make a call. If that's tomorrow, we'll make it."


Lance Berkman to be re-evaluated Wednesday or Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman will be re-evaluated either Wednesday or Thursday, according to ESPN Dallas. 

Berkman will rest Monday, but plans to DH Tuesday and Wednesday. Following those games, he'll be re-evaluated. Berkman has been out since July 6 with a hip injury. He's hitting .254/.355/.377 in 244 at-bats. 


Lance Berkman picks up a hit in rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman went 1 for 4 in his second rehab game.

Berkman is attempting to come back from a hip injury. He hasn't played since July 6. He is thought to be ready to rejoin the club in a few days. He's hitting .254/.355/.377 in 244 at-bats. 


Lance Berkman homers to begin rehab


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Saturday. Berkman took on Salt Lake and went 2 for 3 with a home run, MLB.com reports. 

The veteran DH is expected to see at least two more games on the rehab assignment. If all goes well, the Rangers could activate him on the next homestand beginning Tuesday.


Lance Berkman set to start rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman will begin his rehab assignment Sunday or Monday at an undetermined minor-league outpost, as part of his recovery from a hip injury. According to the Dallas Morning News, Berkman is aiming to return to the team for the start of a series against the Mariners next Friday.

Berkman has been out since July 7 with this injury, and was hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBI prior to the injury. 


Lance Berkman unsure about rehab assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman isn't sure when he'll start a rehab assignment, according to the Star-Telegram

Berkman was able to take batting practice Wednesday, but hasn't run since Monday. He's only been able to run at about 50 percent. He will attempt to ramp things up Friday, but may not be ready to begin his rehab assignment this weekend. Berkman said he wouldn't completely rule out a rehab assignment this weekend, but he would have to see how he progresses in the next few days.

Berkman is hitting .254/.355/.377 in 244 at-bats. 


Lance Berkman inches toward rehab assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman could be ready for a rehab assignment soon, but a decision is not expected until at least this weekend. The Rangers want Berkman back in the lineup or available off the bench, but they are not willing to bring the 37-year-old back too soon from his lingering hip injury.

"There is urgency to have that bat, but he has to be ready," manager Ron Washington told ESPN.com Wednesday. "When he lets us know he's ready to go, we'll do what we have to do."

Berkman took batting practice again Wednesday, and reportedly was feeling better than in recent days. If Berkman is ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment by the weekend, he could be back in the Rangers' lineup by Tuesday against the Brewers. 


Lance Berkman nearing rehab assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman feels a rehab assignment could be in his near future, MLB.com reports Monday.

Berkman, on the shelf since July 7 with left hip inflammation, has been running and taking batting practice.

"I feel OK, I'm coming along," Berkman said. "It's hard to say as far as a percentage goes, but I don't think it'll be too much longer before I go out on a rehab assignment."

Before getting hurt, Berkman was batting .254 with six homers and 34 RBI through 68 games for Texas.

Lance Berkman aims for mid-August return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is aiming to begin a rehab assignment next weekend and to return during the team's next homestand, which starts Aug. 13, MLB.com reports.

Berkman was reportedly considering retirement while dealing with his ailing hip, but he chose to put it off in favor of working his way back into action. Berkman said he was able to run at about 50 percent Thursday.


Lance Berkman will not retire


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Rangers first baseman Lance Berkman will not retire, according to FoxSports.com.

Berkman was considering retirement due to a hip injury. Berkman was scheduled to meet with team officials to determine his future. He's been sidelined since early July. Berkman is hitting .254/.355/.377 in 244 at-bats. 


Lance Berkman hasn't made decision about future


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Rangers DH Lance Berkman (hip) said he hasn't made a decision on his future with the Rangers this season, according to MLB.com. Berkman said he hasn't met with general manager Jon Daniels yet. 

Berkman plans to take batting practice Wednesday and plans to travel with the team for a 10-game road trip, which starts Friday in Oakland.


Lance Berkman considering retirement


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman will meet with team officials to discuss retirement, Fox Sports reports Wednesday.

Berkman has been out since July 6 with knee soreness and has made little progress. If he chooses to retire, he will forfeit the $4.4 million remaining on his contract, which the Rangers would surely like to use as they pursue trade options leading into the non-waiver trade deadline and into August's post-waiver trading period.