Texas Rangers Lance Berkman will not retire

May 25, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman (27) throws during batting practice before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will not retire, this according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:

Source: Lance Berkman is NOT retiring.

Multiple sources suggested yesterday that Berkman, who is currently sidelined with multiple nagging injuries was to meet with the Texas Rangers front office to discuss his future with the franchise.

Berkman has publicly stated multiple times in recent weeks that he has been contemplating retirement due to his injuries and reports hinted Berkman was meeting with the Rangers to give back the remaining salary on his contract.

Those reports were later refuted and apparently, after Berkman met with the Rangers brass, the decision was to not have him retire or give back any money on his contract.

Berkman nor the Rangers have any idea as to when (or if) Berkman will be able to return this season, so the plan going forward is to continue with rest and possible rehab, if needed.

After playing 145 games in 2011, the oft-injured Berkman has only been able to play in 100 games the past two seasons.

Topics: Lance Berkman, Texas Rangers

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