If Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington’s plan holds, Lance Berkman will be a spectator for the next three games.

The Rangers will face the Chicago Cubs on Monday to begin a brief run of three consecutive games at National League parks. Washington, reserving the right to change his mind, said he will use Mitch Moreland at first base and have Berkman available as a pinch-hitter.

Berkman stayed on the bench for two games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last month. He has not appeared at first base this season and will not be used in the outfield after undergoing two surgeries on the right knee last season with St. Louis.

“It’ll probably be a nice time for him to catch a break,” Washington said.

Washington is also reluctant to keep first baseman Mitch Moreland out of the lineup while he is swinging well. Moreland homered against left-hander Jon Lester to trigger a comeback from a three-run deficit for a 4-3 win against Boston and is hitting .404 with eight extra-base hits in his last 52 at-bats. In that span, Moreland is 11-for-29 against left-handers.

“I’m going up there with the same plan, the same approach,” Moreland said. “I feel comfortable and am trying to make something happen.”