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July 30, 2013

Lance Berkman: Time to fish or cut bait

Lance Berkman said a decision on his future is coming soon.

The Texas Rangers designated hitter will take batting practice today and Wednesday, and hopes to know if he'll be able to return and be effective at some point this season.

"You've got to fish or cut bait and I think we’re getting to that point here rather quickly," Berkman said. "I don’t want to let this thing linger and linger because I’m not doing anybody good, myself or the team, by doing that. There does come a point in time where you do have to make a decision."

Berkman, 37, has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation and his progress back from it has been slow. He also has a surgically-repaired right knee that has affected the mechanics of his swing that limits his ability to hit for power.

"I do have some concerns about that," Berkman said of his potential effectiveness. "I'm literally taking it a day at a time. I'm going to go out there and hit today and hopefully everything feels good."

The Rangers signed Berkman to a one-year deal worth $10 million this season with a $1 million buyout for 2014. Berkman started the season off strong, but was struggling at the plate before landing on the DL.

The 15-year veteran would like to end the season on the field, of course.

"I feel like these guys invested in me, and I'd like to try and give them some sort of return on their investment," Berkman said. "I've got to figure out a way to generate more bat speed, more power. If I can't do that, I think that limits my effectiveness and use for this team.

"I need to either be headed out on a rehab assignment or be headed strongly back towards the field [to play], or headed back [home] to Houston. It's not a good thing to be in personally, not good for the team, so I've got to figure some things out and move forward."

-- Drew Davison


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