Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

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 8 Months

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 8 Months

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.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the Rangers may hold out Lance Berkman (hip, knee) until September 1.

Berkman originally hoped to return this weekend, but the Rangers would apparently prefer that he takes some more time. The 37-year-old is 4-for-11 (.364) with one home run and three walks over four rehab games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (hip, knee) won't be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Berkman went 4-for-11 (.364) with one home run and three walks over four rehab games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, but the Rangers aren't ready to make a roster move yet. The veteran slugger has been out since early July with hip and knee injuries.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (hip, knee) went 1-for-4 in his second rehab game Sunday with Triple-A Round Rock.

Berkman homered and hit an RBI single in his rehab debut with Round Rock on Saturday. The veteran designated hitter is likely to return to the Rangers this weekend. His diminishing athleticism and lack of consistent good health make him a liability in fantasy leagues.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (hip, knee) homered and had an RBI single in his first rehab game at Triple-A Round Rock Saturday.

Berkman has been on the DL for over a month due to left hip inflammation, though his chronic right knee injury is a bigger concern at this point. He's expected to be activated next weekend.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

Berkman has been taking regular batting practice without any issues, the hold up has been his ability to run at 100 percent. He'll need a few games to get his timing back, but is expected to rejoin the Rangers by next weekend.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (knee) expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday or Monday.

Berkman wasn't running at 100 percent earlier this week, but he has been taking regular batting practice without issue. Barring any setbacks, the 37-year-old hopes to rejoin the Rangers next Friday.

Lance Berkman DH TEX 8 Months

Lance Berkman (knee) is taking regular batting practice but has only been able to run at 50 percent effort.

The veteran designated hitter is not nearly ready for a minor league rehab assignment, which means he is not close to activation. Berkman will try to run with a little more intensity Friday before the start of the Rangers' series against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.