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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Lance Berkman returns to lineup

By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNDallas.com

NEW YORK -- Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman returned to the lineup on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees after missing the previous four games because of lower-back and right knee issues.

Berkman received a cortisone shot Thursday and did not play on the team's weekend trip to St. Louis.

"There really isn't anything there," Berkman said. "I don't have a significant injury. Let's go forward from here and see how it goes."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he'll keep a watchful eye on Berkman moving forward, and it's likely Berkman will get the day off on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees.

"I'll run him a few days and give him some time off in between," Washington said.

Berkman, 37, is hitting .260 with six home runs and 33 RBIs in 63 games for the Rangers this season.

Also on the injury front, setup man Joakim Soria (sore right elbow) could be back before the All-Star break, general manager Jon Daniels said. Soria will make his third rehab appearance on Wednesday.

Right-hander Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) threw his second bullpen session prior to Tuesday night's game.

Infielder Jeff Baker, who's dealing with a sprained right thumb, hit off the tee.

Right-hander Colby Lewis (back soreness) and left-hander Matt Harrison (back surgery) long-tossed Tuesday back in Arlington.

Right-hander Neftali Feliz (right elbow) will throw his third bullpen Wednesday in Arizona. Feliz isn't allowed to throw breaking pitches yet, Daniels said.