Berkman determined to play again

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Injured designated hitter Lance Berkman's determination to come back and help the Rangers is growing every day, and talk of his retiring has disappeared.

Berkman talked with general manager Jon Daniels before Wednesday's game and the decision was made for him to keep trying to get back on the field. Berkman's personal goal is to go on a rehab assignment August 8 or 9.

"I’m convinced I can get back in, and hopefully by getting back out there, I’ll be helpful by the way I’ll be performing," Berkman said. "We’ll see what happens. I’m coming back, but it just has to get to a point where I don’t need a pinch runner every time I’m on base."

Berkman, out since July 7 with inflammation in his left hip, ran 10 60-yard strides Thursday. He ran at 50 percent and said when he tried to bump it up more than that, the injury crept in.

“If I can push myself to endure a little discomfort, I’m willing to do that to help my team win," Berkman said. “It’s not unrealistic to expect discomfort from here on out, I just have to manage it.”