MLB notebook: Lance Berkman still considering retirement

Texas Rangers' Lance Berkman drives in a run against the Detroit Tigers in American League action...

Texas Rangers' Lance Berkman drives in a run against the Detroit Tigers in American League action in Arlington, Texas May 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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Lance Berkman may be on his last legs.

The Texas Rangers designated hitter, dealing with an injured hip that has kept him out of the lineup for most of July, doesn’t know how effective he will be when he returns.

“I don’t have any concerns that at some point I’d be able to get out there,” Berkman told the Dallas Morning News. “How effective I’ll be, that I don’t know. These guys invested in me and I’d like to give them some return. But it’s getting down to the point where it is fish or cut bait. I don’t want this to linger.”

Berkman, who’s been on the DL since July 7, experienced more soreness in the hip area last week and had to stop baseball activities.

Also at issue is his power. In 68 games, Berkman is hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBI.

“But at some point, I’ve either got to be headed back on the field or headed back to Houston.”

UTLEY, PHILS TALK EXTENSION

Chase Utley could be on the verge of signing a contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies.

A source told CBCSports.com that both sides have been discussing either a three-year deal or two years plus a vesting option, worth approximately $13 million per year.

The deal is reportedly based on Carlos Beltran’s two-year, $26 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The second baseman has been dealing with knee issues in recent years. On the season, Utley is batting .274 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI.

MOLINA HEADING TO DL

Rest is what the doctor has ordered for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina

Heading to the disabled list, Molina is dealing with inflammation and swelling in his right knee that did not show any need for surgery following an MRI.

“The initial response from the doctor is that this is very similar to what they saw last time,” Cards manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “There’s some swelling. They didn’t see anything that would require any surgery or anything like that. So it was all positive.”

Molina suffered a sprained knee in the third inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The all-star catcher is third in the NL with a .360 batting average to go along with eight home runs and 54 RBI.

BRIEFLY

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to return from a broken left pinkie knuckle on Friday ... The Tampa Bay Rays placed all-star pitcher Matt Moore on the 15-day DL with left elbow soreness ... The Baltimore Orioles have placed pitcher Jason Hammel on the 15-day DL with right flexor mass tightness ... Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Juan Alcantara was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.


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