Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman has retired from baseball.

Berkman confirmed that news Wednesday to Richard Justice of MLB.com. The 37-year-old former first-round pick of the Astros spent 15 seasons at the major league level, batting .293/.406/.537 while tallying 366 career home runs in 1,879 career games. He has always been good in front of a microphone and will probably have multiple broadcasting offers if that's the route he decides to take in his post-playing days.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 10 Months

According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates called about Lance Berkman but were told that he's leaning toward retirement.

It's not surprising if you've followed Berkman's comments to the media over the past couple of years. The 37-year-old battled multiple injuries with the Rangers this past season while batting just 242/.340/.359 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 11 Months

Rangers declined DH Lance Berkman's $12 million option for the 2014 season.

The veteran will get a $1 million buyout instead and is now a free agent. Berkman struggled mightily this season for the Rangers, batting just .242/.340/.359 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games while fighting multiple injuries. The 37-year-old could be ready for retirement.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Sep 16 '13

Making his first start in 13 days, Lance Berkman went 0-for-4 against the Rays on Monday.

Berkman is 0-for-11 since coming off the DL on Sept. 1. The Rangers can hardly afford to give him more opportunities to shake the rust with the way things are going right now.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Sep 16 '13

Lance Berkman is in the Rangers' lineup on Monday.

It will be his first start since September 3. Berkman is still unable to swing comfortable from the right side of the plate due to hip and knee issues and will not get regular playing time over these final two weeks.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Sep 15 '13

Lance Berkman is in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

It's his first start since September 3. Berkman feels fine physically swinging from the left side of the plate, but the club has just chosen to go with other options at DH recently.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Sep 15 '13

Lance Berkman hasn't started a game since September 3.

Although he's not able to swing from the right side of the plate yet, Berkman feels fine batting left-handed. However, the Rangers have chosen to use various other players in the DH spot ahead of him. "I'm an employee of the team," said Berkman. "I'll do whatever they want me to do. I come and try to be ready and whatever they decide to do, that's their prerogative." Berkman will begin swinging right-handed in the next few days.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Sep 01 '13

Rangers activated DH Lance Berkman from the 15-day disabled list.

Berkman has been on the shelf since early July due to injuries to his knee and hip. The veteran slugger pondered retirement during the recovery process, and isn't a strong bet to say healthy the remainder of the season. Before hitting the DL, he was hitting .254/.355/.377 with six homers and 34 RBI in 68 games.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Aug 26 '13

Lance Berkman (hip, knee) is expected to be activated on September 1.

Berkman said Monday that he's "ready right now" and will not require a rehab assignment. The veteran played in four rehab games earlier this month before being pulled off the assignment, but his chronically sore right knee is feeling better of late.

Lance Berkman DH TEX Aug 24 '13

Lance Berkman (hip) did some light running on the warning track on Saturday, and could soon head out on a minor league rehab assignment.

In what has been a very slow and lengthy recovery process, Berkman appears as if he'll finally return to the Rangers lineup at some point in early September. The veteran slugger was hitting .254/.355/.377 with six homers and 34 RBI before hitting the DL.