While The Texas Rangers are scouting for replacements in the event that Nelson Cruz is suspended by Major League Baseball, the Rangers could also lose Lance Berkman for the rest of the season.
Berkman, 37, has not appeared in a game since July 6 and told reporters that he had considered shutting himself down for the season.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” Berkman said of shutting down for the remainder of the season. “But I haven’t reached any final decisions on it. Hopefully I’ll do the best that I can and help the team. It could also depend on what the team’s needs are. This is an uncertain time of the year for everybody.”
Berkman was said to be leaning towards retirement prior to signing with the Rangers and his one-year deal would suggest he may opt to go that route this time.
The season has not worked out the way that Berkman or the Rangers had planned as he has been dealing with hip and knee pain.
Berkman has played in 68 games and holds a .254/.355/.377 line with six home runs and 34 RBI on the year.