Lance Berkman RUMORS & NEWS

  • Lance Berkman decides to retire

    ESPN.com "Lance Berkman officially announced his retirement Wednesday after a 15-year career. The 37-year-old slugger indicated that he's just not healthy enough to play anymore after two knee surgeries in 2012 and various other injuries that limited his effectiveness the past two seasons. "It doesn't..." January 30

  • Rangers decline option on Berkman

    MLB.com "The Rangers have formally told Lance Berkman they are not picking up his option. That is not a surprise but the Rangers have made it official and Berkman is now a free agent. The Rangers had a $12 million option but instead will pay a $1 million buyout" October 31

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Rangers reinstated Lance Berkman and Neftali Feliz from DL among their roster moves today.

  • Rangers preparing to add Neftali Feliz, Lance Berkman

    CBSSports.com "With the rosters set to expand September 1 the Rangers are about to get some pretty solid reinforcements. Former All-Stars Neftali Feliz and Lance Berkman are going to be activated manager Ron Washington told reporters (star-telegram.com). The addition of Feliz is particularly intriguing to me...." August 27

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    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Ron Washington expects Lance Berkman to be activated Sept. 1 likely with no rehab stint. "I'm ready right now" Berkman said. #Rangers

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    Anthony Andro @aandro

    Rangers haven't made any decision on Lance Berkman. He's here but won't be activated today.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Lance Berkman is NOT retiring.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Rangers’ Berkman considering retiring and forfeiting remainder of his salary about $4.4M. Meeting with team officials today.

  • Berkman realizes his time to help is running out

    Fox Sports Southwest "Texas designated hitter Lance Berkman who's been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation realizes that unless his hip and right knee start showing some improvement his season and career could be over. "You've got to fish or cut bait and I think we're getting to that point..." July 30

  • Texas Rangers may have to consider adding a second bat; Lance Berkman acknowledges possibility he won’t return

    Dallas Morning News "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..." July 25

  • After BP, Berkman hopeful return is near

    MLB.com "On Monday, Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman participated in batting practice on the field for the first time since July 7. The switch-hitter, fighting left hip inflammation, felt better when hitting from the left side of the plate, but he said that overall, he felt pretty good. Berkman..." July 22

  • Berkman's knee sore after banging it exiting airplane

    Fox Sports Southwest "Lance Berkman was out of the starting lineup for a second-consecutive day for the Texas Rangers. Berkman, who didn't start Thursday's series finale in New York, would have likely played in Friday's game if things had gone different following the team's plane ride home Thursday..." June 29

  • Lance Berkman expected to return to lineup Tuesday after missing four days due to nerve irritation

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "DH Lance Berkman is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday after taking four days off to treat nerve irritation in his back that required an injection to relieve the pain. Berkman has not played since Wednesday. He took some swings in the batting cage Sunday for the first time since the..." June 25

  • Lance Berkman OK with pinch hitter role during Rangers’ NL road trip: ‘I’ll be ready’

    Dallas Morning News "With the designated hitter out of play, Texas Rangers’ Lance Berkman is comfortable with being on call as a pinch-hitter for this week’s first three games. “It’s a good break when you’ve got some aches and pains,” said Berkman, who had two surgeries on the right knee last year while with St...." May 07

  • Lance Berkman already proving a positive influence on Texas Rangers’ offense

    Dallas Morning News "In his five years with the Rangers, Josh Hamilton had some amazing moments, unbelievable weeks and more than a handful of memorable months. In all of those months, however, he never flirted with a .500 on-base percentage. In his first month with the Rangers, Lance Berkman is. Berkman..." April 23

  • Lance Berkman rips Wrigley Field

    ESPN.com "Count Lance Berkman among those who are not impressed with Wrigley Field. The Texas Rangers will be making their first trip to the "Friendly Confines" since 2002 -- and only the team's second visit ever. Berkman, however, has visited Chicago numerous times to play the Cubs when he was with the..." April 16

  • Lance Berkman 'excited' about Mitch Moreland's spring

    Dallas Morning News "On who he’s excited about playing with: One guy I’m excited about is Mitch Moreland. I think he’s come into camp and I think that he’s a guy whose best days are in front of him. He’s been given the opportunity to be the everyday first baseman and I think he’s seized that opportunity. He’s swung..." March 20

  • Rangers news: Lance Berkman, Colby Lewis updates

    Dallas Morning News "Designated hitter Lance Berkman was a full-go in drills Tuesday morning and will make his Cactus League debut Thursday, said manager Ron Washington. Included in the drills was base running, and Berkman made his way around the bases without aggravating the inflamation in his right calf. Adrian..." February 26

  • Lance Berkman says knee is about “80 percent” healthy

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason and plan to use him as their primary designated hitter in 2013. But he’ll have to be eased into that role this spring. Berkman told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday morning that he’s only..." February 17

  • Ranger manager Ron Washington reveals new addition Lance Berkman's slot in lineup

    Dallas Morning News "Lance Berkman may not be able to replace Josh Hamilton's power, but he will replace him in the Rangers' batting order. Manager Ron Washington said Thursday he expects Berkman will be his No. 3 hitter with Adrian Beltre remaining the cleanup hitter and Nelson Cruz batting fifth. The hope is that..." January 11

  • Berkman excited as Texas starts taking shape

    Fox Sports Southwest "Lance Berkman might not be the missing piece for the Texas Rangers to be successful this season. But he may have been the piece that brought into focus the lineup the Rangers will be rolling out to start the 2013 season. Berkman signed a one-year deal for $10 million Monday that includes a..." January 08

  • Rangers have verbal agreement with Lance Berkman

    Dallas Morning News "Free-agent hitter Lance Berkman put retirement plans on hold Saturday, reaching a verbal agreement on a contract with the Rangers. The deal is for one year, with a salary of $10 million, and Berkman can guarantee a second season by reaching playing-time benchmarks. He will receive a $1 million..." January 07

  • Texas Rangers, Lance Berkman agree on one-year contract

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Rangers and veteran slugger Lance Berkman have agreed on a one-year contract for $11 million that makes him their designated hitter in 2013. The deal, pending a physical, includes a $1 million buyout and a vesting option for 2014 that kicks in if he collects 525 to 550 at-bats, said a..." January 05

  • Berkman open to offers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "An unkind season permitted Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman only 81 at-bats while demanding two knee surgeries and the rehab and uncertainty that accompany physical problems for a 36-year-old athlete. Berkman fondly remembers what two years in St. Louis brought him, most notably being part..." October 28

  • Lance Berkman admits he's unlikely to return this year

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is taking regular batting practice and performing upper body workouts, but he hasn't been able to do very much running and acknowledged to reporters on Saturday night that he is unlikely to make it back this season. "It's probably a long shot that I will be..." September 30

  • Berkman no longer holding out hope for a return this season

    Belleville News-Democrat "Injured Lance Berkman didn't sound optimistic Saturday of a return to the St. Louis Cardinals' active list, either for the remainder of the regular season or the postseason. Berkman, 36, is recovering from Sept. 11 surgery on his right knee. He is hitting every other day, or as the knee..." September 30

  • Lance Berkman: In or out for Astros in 2013?

    Houston Chronicle "As if there weren't enough elephants in the room for the Astros, there may be a courtship over the winter between Lance Berkman and the Astros. Okay, it may be a forced courtship. Or one-sided. Or adversarial. Or perhaps totally non-existent. Should there be a courtship of any kind? In a..." September 26

  • Berkman not ruling out return this season

    Fox Sports Midwest "Don't count out Lance Berkman just yet. Barely a week removed from what was described as season-ending surgery on his right knee, the Cardinals outfielder said Wednesday he's holding out hope that he can return before the season ends. Berkman had surgery on Sept. 11 to repair a torn meniscus..." September 20

  • Berkman to have surgery, career might be over

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will undergo additional surgery on his right knee Friday morning, effectively ending his season and further focusing him on possible retirement. Berkman underwent his second magnetic resonance imaging in less than three weeks Monday. A determination was..." September 11

  • Berkman leaves for medical evaluation

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Struggling first baseman Lance Berkman, who has had only a handful of plate appearances since coming off the disabled list, has returned to Houston to have a check of his troublesome right knee, which was operated on by a Houston doctor in May. Berkman left the clubhouse shortly after Sunday's..." September 10

  • Lance Berkman is looking at going back to school

    Hardball Talk "Lance Berkman said late last month that he's leaning towards retirement because of his knee problems. In an interview with FOX 26 on Thursday, he elaborated on that possibility, saying that if he does retire, he plans to return to Rice University to get his degree and serve as a student assistant..." September 06

  • The Berkman plan: A diminished role

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Veteran switch-hitter Lance Berkman struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Tuesday night in his first action since returning to the active roster Saturday. Berkman, who is coming back from knee surgery, said he feels able to play first base if needed. Matheny wanted to see more..." September 05

  • Cards activate Berkman, call up Freeman

    MLB.com "The Cardinals added two players to their roster on Saturday. Lance Berkman, as expected, came off the disabled list, where he was placed while nursing a right knee injury. Also joining the club in Washington was left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman. The Cardinals' bullpen has been called upon to..." September 01

  • Berkman to return Saturday as rosters expand

    MLB.com "Manager Mike Matheny said to expect a "couple pitchers and a few position players" to join the Cardinals on Saturday, the first day that clubs can carry more than 25 players on their active rosters. One of those additions will be first baseman Lance Berkman, who wrapped up his Minor League..." August 30

  • Berkman leaning toward retirement

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Lance Berkman took a step toward September on Friday night, appearing in the first of five minor-league games over a seven-day period before returning for what he says will probably be the final weeks of his career. Speaking hours before playing five innings at first base for the Memphis..." August 25

  • Berkman facing difficult decision about his future

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "His family's Houston residence boasts spurs on a rustic den wall, a signed Major Applewhite Longhorn helmet in a display case and a map of Stephen Austin's Texas hanging within an impressive room that extends other reminders of his native state's complicated, defiant past. He drives a pickup truck..." August 12

  • Berkman on DL for third time this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season because of inflammation in his right knee. Berkman, who had knee surgery in late May, barely could get out of the batter's box in his last at-bat on Thursday in Denver. Berkman, who..." August 03

  • Berkman exits in third inning with sore knee

    Belleville News-Democrat "Lance Berkman was removed from the St. Louis Cardinals' game against Los Angeles on Tuesday after he was hit in the right knee by a pitch from Clayton Kershaw. It's the same knee in which Berkman in May required surgery to repair a torn meniscus." July 25

  • Berkman has no issues with diminished role with Cardinals

    Belleville News-Democrat "Lance Berkman's surgically repaired meniscus in his right knee feels fine and his swing is showing signs of life. But the St. Louis Cardinals' 36-year-old first baseman is unfazed by the possibility that he will be in a platoon role with Allen Craig for the rest of the season. "We've got a..." July 24

  • Berkman may not play as much

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Ten days into his return from knee surgery, Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has felt his timing start to return at the plate and recognized that the role he left might not be the same role he returns to even when completely healthy. And that's fine by him. "We've got a surplus of guys..." July 24

  • Layoff compromised Berkman's bat speed

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman conceded after Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers that a two-month layoff for knee surgery and rehabilitation has compromised his bat speed. Insistent that he could complete his rehab as part of the major-league club rather than on a brief..." July 19

  • Berkman rips umpire following ejection

    Fox Sports Midwest "St. Louis first baseman Lance Berkman thought home plate umpire Brian Gorman missed a critical check-swing call on him in the seventh inning of the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night. Berkman had an even bigger problem that the umpire made the call and didn't appeal..." July 18

  • Berkman expects to be activated today

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals are expected to activate first baseman Lance Berkman from the disabled list before today's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Mike Matheny described the move as written in pencil until Berkman arrives at Great American Ball Park today free of discomfort following a Friday..." July 14

  • Berkman may return to Cards' lineup this weekend

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals have lost another pitcher for the season. Righthanded reliever Kyle McClellan had shoulder surgery Tuesday and precedes righthanded starter Chris Carpenter, who will have shoulder-related surgery next week, into the repair shop. But in another day or so, the Cardinals should have..." July 13

  • Berkman ready to return to Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "While one 2011 National League All-Star outfielder is fixing to play next week after having had right knee surgery, a 2012 National League All-Star outfielder is headed for surgery Sunday morning to fix his right knee. The Cardinals' Lance Berkman, who is a first baseman now, said he expected..." July 08

  • Berkman shoots for July 13 return

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman was on the field running before batting practice Monday night at Busch Stadium, and he has been doing some hitting drills. Having undergone right knee surgery in late May, he is hoping to be playing for the Cardinals when the second half of the season..." July 03

  • Cards making progress on injury front

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "On the same day the Cardinals will add one potential center fielder to the active roster, their starter at that position will be set to begin a rehab assignment. Jon Jay, who has been on the disabled list the past month with a shoulder sprain, is scheduled to join Class AAA Memphis in Omaha on..." June 18

  • Berkman talks about surgery, return

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Nine days ago Lance Berkman went to sleep knowing that he might awake without his right anterior cruciate ligament – actually part of a patellar tendon transplanted in a previous surgery. Of the three possibilities he faced, two dictated that he be on crutches for up to six weeks and required a..." June 02

  • Berkman is happy after surgery

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Lance Berkman dialed manager Mike Matheny shortly after surgery Friday morning, the tone in the veteran's words revealed the condition of his right knee. "It was great to hear his voice and hear that excitement," Matheny recalled. "You can turn the page by putting different scenarios in..." May 26

  • Berkman to Matheny: 'I'll be back'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals manager Mike Matheny got a call from Houston about mid-day today. He expected the caller to be a little punchy after anesthesia, but Matheny heard first baseman Lance Berkman loud and clear. Berkman, after having meniscus and cartilage tears repaired in his right knee, told Matheny,..." May 26

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