The Texas Rangers need some offense. Nelson Cruz is missing and Lance Berkman has been battling an injury all year. The hip injury reached a peak today when reports leaked stating Berkman was going to forfeit the rest of his salary and retire.
Those reports of Berkman’s career ending turned out to be false. Not only is he not retiring, he is also planning on making a comeback this year according to Anthony Andro via Twitter:
Rangers Lance Berkman feels optimistic. Ran at 50% today. His goal is rehab assignment around Aug. 8-9. "I'm coming back."
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) August 1, 2013
Berkman is 37 years of age and signed a one-year deal with the team this past offseason. The team has suffered at times offensively with Berkman unavailable.
It’s a great sign Berkman is going t attempt a comeback. The success of the Rangers the rest of the way ultimately hinges on the team’s ability to put runs on the board. As obvious as that sounds, it’s been easier said than done. Berkman can make a difference in a positive manner if he can get his hip right.
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