Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

August 1, 2013

MLB: Rangers' Berkman not ready for decision on future

ARLINGTON, Texas — Lance Berkman plans to go with the Texas Rangers on their upcoming trip and isn't ready yet to make a decision on whether he will play again.

The 37-year-old switch-hitting designated hitter said Wednesday that he wants to do what's right for the organization, and hasn't yet determined what that is.

Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation But he is also having issues with his right knee, the one that was operated on twice last season when he was limited to 32 games for St. Louis.

"I think physically I could probably do it,'' Berkman said. "It's not a matter of not being able to go out there on the field, it's a matter of how effective I think I'll be when I get out there. ... It's not the ability to assume the field, it's what happens after that.''

Texas didn't acquire a hitter before the non-waiver trade deadline Wednesday. The team also waits word on if Nelson Cruz will be suspended by Major League Baseball in its drug investigation related to the Biogenesis case.

Berkman is hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs.

"I want to do what I feel is right for the organization, so that's a factor that I still haven't decided what the best thing would be,'' Berkman said. "Who knows what's going to happen with Nellie's situation. The complexion of the team could be a lot different. I don't think the landscape is settled enough to be able to make a decision yet.''

General manager Jon Daniels said he spoke to Berkman last week, and expected to have another conversation as early as Wednesday night.

Asked if he would be urging Berkman to do all he can to return in light of the Rangers not adding a hitter and a possible 50-game suspension for Cruz, Daniels said Berkman was already trying to get back on the field.

"I don't know that I need to urge him for that. I think he's trying,'' Daniels said. "I think we're all at the mercy at our bodies respond to certain things. I just don't think his body's responding to either time off or treatment. I don't know that he needs urging. ... But so far, it hasn't really bounced back the way he had hoped or the way we had hoped.''

The Rangers knew of the risk when they gave Berkman a $10 million contract last winter that includes a $12 million club option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.

Texas wrapped up a series with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, and have a makeup game Thursday at home against Arizona. The playoff-hopeful Rangers then play their next 10 games on the road - at Oakland, the Angels and then Houston, where Berkman started his career from 1999-2010.



 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0237web.jpg Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program

    For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
    The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_0014web.jpg 9 straight for Lady Zebras

    Claremore sophomore forward Bailey Steckline got the ‘hat-trick’ plus one Tuesday night in the Lady Zebras’ 10-0 win over Tulsa Memorial at  LaFortune Stadium.
    Steckline tallied two goals in the first half, and added two more in the second to complete her impressive night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0156web.jpg Tulsa Memorial holds off Zebras, 2-1

    Tulsa Memorial scored a pair of first-half goals  to steal the momentum away from the Claremore Zebras, as well as the 2-1 win Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference action at LaFortune Stadium.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0015web.jpg BASEBALL: Whatley, Howe power Zebras past Tahlequah

    Claremore’s Matt Whatley has proven over the past four years that he’s one of the toughest outs in the Metro Lakes Conference.
    On Tuesday, Whatley went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple while sparking the Zebras to a 12-2 win over Tahlequah in five innings at American Legion Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Dewey takes pair from Sequoyah

    It’s very difficult to win when you can’t score.
    Class 4A third-ranked Dewey blanked homestanding Sequoyah 7-0 and 2-0 in a district doubleheader on Tuesday, improving to 21-3 with a dominating two-hit pitching performance in the opener and a four-hitter in the nightcap.

    April 18, 2014

  • SOCCER: Sequoyah topples No. 15 Catoosa, 1-0

    Sequoyah boys soccer coach Bob Campbell had one phrase to sum up his feelings following the Eagles’ game with 15th ranked Catoosa at home Tuesday night.
    “We’re in the driver’s seat.’’
    Alex Bourgeois scored late in the first half and Sequoyah made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Indians in a showdown for the district lead.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jackson sprints Zebras to 1st place at OBU Relays

    Claremore senior sprinter Tyler Jackson felt the need for speed Wednesday afternoon at the Oklahoma Baptist University High School Invitational.
    Jackson notched a pair of first-place victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash to help Claremore earn 130 points for top honors.

    April 18, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Arkansas Tech roughs up ‘Cats

    The Rogers State University baseball team had a disappointing finish in its home finale as No. 12-ranked Arkansas Tech blanked the Hillcats 11-0 Tuesday evening in non-conference action from the Diamond Sports Complex.

    April 18, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Houston Baptist clips ORU, 11-10

    Jose Trevino launched his second home run of the series on Saturday afternoon to send the game into extra innings, but Houston Baptist plated two runs in the 10th to avoid a three-game sweep with an 11-10 win at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

    April 20, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Henshaw's 11th-inning HR lifts Tulsa past UTSA, 2-1

    Senior Haley Henshaw's home run in the top of the 11th inning gave No. 16 Tulsa a 2-1 win at UTSA and complete the series sweep Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.

    April 20, 2014