Already in the market for one extra bat perhaps the Rangers should consider buying in bulk.

While left field has been an issue all season and right field may become a gaping hole if Nelson Cruz gets suspended the DH spot could also become a more prominent need if Lance Berkman’s knee and hip don’t respond soon.

Berkman acknowledged Wednesday that he has considered the possibility of either retiring or walking away from the remainder of the season if he doesn’t soon see progress. Berkman is on the disabled list with hip inflammation but his longer-term issue has been an inability to fully extend his surgically-repaired knee.
Berkman was eligible to come off the DL on Monday but only started running Wednesday. If the knee shows any progress he will likely have to do a rehab assignment.

“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.”

It’s possible that if the Rangers acquire a player and take on salary they could negotiate a settlement with Berkman to pay only a portion of the remaining $4.5 million on his contract (and buyout on the option). That might give the Rangers a little bit more latitude with which to expand payroll.