8/16/2013 8:06 P.M. ET
Rangers weighing options with injured Berkman
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman is trying to decide if he can come back as a designated hitter, pinch-hitter or not at all. Berkman and the Rangers are also trying to decide if they should wait until Sept. 1 to activate him off the disabled list.
He was not activated on Friday as Berkman and the Rangers continue to talk about what's best for him and the team. Nothing has been decided yet as Berkman remains sidelined with inflammation in his left hip and a chronic sore right knee.
The only thing that anybody seems to agree upon is Berkman is not going to be 100 percent or close to it the remainder of the season.
"I don't have any concerns about playing, there are just concerns about being able to play at the high level I'm capable of," Berkman said. "If I do go out there, I don't know if I can be the positive piece the team needs moving forward."
Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7. He has played four games on a rehab assignment and is 4-for-11 with a home run. He also ran well enough to score from second base on a single. But there are still issues with both the hip and the knee and the Rangers don't expect that to change.
"It is what it is," general manager Jon Daniels said, "I don't think anybody foresees any major changes. He's put the time in. It hasn't been for a lack of effort ... the question becomes what role will his legs allow him to play at a high level?"
One possibility is the Rangers could wait until Sept. 1 to activate Berkman and then use him mainly as a part-time player, either as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter off the bench.
If the Rangers activate him now, they would likely have to designate infielder Adam Rosales for assignment. They did that once this month and lost him temporarily when he was claimed off waivers by the Athletics. Rosales was with the Athletics for just a couple of days before the process was reversed and the Rangers claimed him off waivers. The Rangers are hoping not to make another move with Rosales before Sept. 1 when the rosters can be expanded up to 40 players.
Ogando dealing with more shoulder inflammation
ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Alexi Ogando is dealing with inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder and there is a good possibility he won't make his next start on Monday against the Astros.
Ogando had a CAT scan on Wednesday. Dr. Keith Meister has reviewed the results, but Ogando will also get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham. There is also a possibility Ogando could get an anti-inflammatory injection this weekend and that would definitely scratch him from Monday's start.
If so, the Rangers could either bring Ross Wolf out of the bullpen or call up Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Round Rock to start on Monday.
Wolf is the Rangers' long reliever, but has pitched just one inning since July 28. He is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA in three spot starts. Lindblom is 8-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 14 starts and two relief appearances at Triple-A Round Rock and is scheduled to pitch for the Express on Sunday. He is 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in five starts and three relief appearances with the Rangers this season.
Ogando has already been on the disabled list twice this season. He was sidelined from May 16 to June 5 with triceps tendinitis and, after making just one start, again from June 6 to July 23 with inflammation in the shoulder. This time the inflammation is in a different spot.
Ogando broke into the Major Leagues as a reliever in 2010. He went to the rotation in 2011, back to the bullpen last season and returned as a starter this year. That leaves open the question of how much that has led to his physical issues this season.
"That's something we'll have to think about more in the offseason," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He was very good as a starter in 2011, very good out of the 'pen [in 2010] and OK out of the bullpen last year ... not as dominating. He has been a little more inconsistent this year, but I'm not sure it's the role."
Daniels, Washington support expanded replay
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington are both in favor of Major League Baseball's intention to expand replay next season.
"I haven't seen the exact logistics and how all the challenges will work, but it's a big step forward for the industry," Daniels said. "They're trying to get the calls right. Regarding the mechanics, those things can be worked out by trial and error. But it's a great step forward."
Under the new guidelines presented by MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre to all 30 clubs on the last day of the Owners Meetings, managers will play a more active role in instant replay next year. Those changes still have to be voted on in the next Owners Meeting in November and will also need approval from the Players Association and umpires.
The proposed changes would give managers the power to challenge a call that doesn't involve balls or strikes. They would be allowed three challenges -- one in innings one through six, two from the seventh inning forward. Should they successfully challenge a play, the challenge wouldn't count against them and would remain available for later use. The current system of reviewing boundary calls for home runs will remain in place.
Washington said he'll likely have to rely on his third- and first-base coaches to help him decide when to challenge plays on the basepaths.
"I'll make sure they're on top of the play so I don't waste my time going out there," Washington said. "They'll let me know."
• Neftali Feliz threw in the bullpen for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday without any problems and is expected to pitch in a game at some point this weekend. Feliz, coming back from Tommy John surgery, has made three appearances on rehab assignment, but was shut down for a few days because of mild tendinitis. The Rangers are still hoping he'll be ready to return in September.
• Elvis Presley passed away on Aug. 16, 1977. Elvis Andrus went into Friday with multi-hit efforts in four straight Aug. 16 games. He is 8-for-15 with two doubles and five walks on the anniversary of the King's death.
• Travis Blackley pitched three scoreless innings from Round Rock on Thursday. It was his first appearance since being acquired from the Astros earlier this week.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.