Buzz: Berkman will balk at rehab assignment

July, 20, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lance Berkman planned to hit again in the batting cages Saturday as he tries to return quickly from a strained left hip that has him on the 15-day disabled list.

One thing Berkman doesn't plan on doing: a medical rehabilitation assignment when he has completed all the baseball activities he needs to do to play in a game again.

"I'm not going on a rehab assignment," the 37-year old veteran said. "I don't need to do it, and I'm not going to do it."

Berkman has the right to refuse a rehab assignment with five years of service time in the big leagues. The Rangers will certainly encourage him to play a few days for Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco.

"I'm not commenting," manager Ron Washington said. "When he's ready, we'll deal with it."

Berkman says he can get the at-bats he needs against major league hitters, even though he hasn't played in two weeks and was hitting .176 (13-for-74) in his last 20 games.

"It's not like my timing has been great all year," Berkman said. "So maybe it will work in reverse."

Cruz shakes migraine: Right fielder Nelson Cruz said that the migraine headache that kept him out of Friday night's game finally went away Saturday around noon. It's the first migraine he's suffered as a player.

"When I was a kid, I would get that feeling but I didn't know what it was," Cruz said. "It never stayed long."

Cruz was sent home during Friday's 3-1 loss to Baltimore and was not available to pinch hit in the ninth inning.

Lewis throws bullpen: Right-hander Colby Lewis threw a bullpen session Friday and is all ready to go for his rehab start on Monday.

Lewis expects to throw 60-65 pitches for Double-A Frisco in the second of what will likely be four rehab starts before the Rangers know if he is ready to take the next step and pitch in a big league game. His demeanor continues to be very much on the optimistic side.

"This is the best I've felt," Lewis said. "There's no atypical soreness."

Lewis is a week shy of a year since he had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.

Grimm is fine: Rookie right-hander Justin Grimm threw a bullpen and said everything is fine with the forearm issue that forced him out of his last start on July 12 in Detroit.

"I was a little rusty," Grimm said. "I worked on my mechanics on a couple of my pitches. My delivery was a little off."

Grimm will not go back into the rotation but rather pitch out of the bullpen. The Rangers are going with a nine-man bullpen until they have to activate Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando on Monday and Tuesday.

Minor matters: The Rangers announced their monthly minor league awards on Saturday.

• Class A Hickory left-hander Luis Parra was the pitcher of the month after going 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA.

• Hickory infielder Ryan Rua was the player of the month after batting .298 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs.

• Double-A Frisco outfielder Ryan Strausborger was the defender of the month after starting the season with a 92-game errorless streak.

• Double-A Frisco/Triple-A Round Rock right-hander Ben Rowen was the reliever of the month after pitching 12⅓ scoreless innings and saving five games.



Adrian Beltre
.327 17 68 68
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 68
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .880
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182