ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Utility man Jurickson Profar was slotted at designated hitter Wednesday for the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.
However, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he would rather not use him at DH much longer, even though has few other alternatives, at least until veteran Lance Berkman (hip) returns from the disabled list.
There wasn't a major development on that end, as Washington said a decision on a possible rehab assignment for Berkman would be made this weekend in Houston.
"There is urgency to have that bat, but he has to be ready," Washington said. "When he lets us know he's ready to go, we'll do what we have to do."
Berkman, who last played on July 6, said he felt "about the same" following recent batting practice sessions observed by Washington. He took early batting practice Wednesday and Washington liked how Berkman's hip reacted.
Both are optimistic the 37-year-old will be able to embark on a rehab assignment this weekend, with a return to the lineup for the two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday a possibility.
"Not being 100 percent sure of my rehab assignment is not what I had hoped for, but it's not entirely unexpected," Berkman said. "You can't demand your body to heal at a quicker rate than it's going to."
Profar, meanwhile, is 6-for-20 (.300) in five career games as a designated hitter. Still, it's not the ideal spot for a 20-year-old, even with his five-game hitting streak.
"He's too young to be sitting around in the dugout waiting to hit," Washington said. "You rather have him out on the field."
Short hops: The Rangers have won six straight against the Angels and bested them in nine of 11 matchups overall. … Texas is slated to face three left-handed Astros starters in Houston this weekend, so Washington decided to put center fielder Craig Gentry into the lineup Wednesday to get some work before the four-game set. Washington said he has been assured that recent call-up Joey Butler also can play left field, and expects to give the 27-year-old a look against the lefties.