Buzz: Berkman hits in cages, still optimistic

July, 19, 2013
7/19/13
5:56
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Designated hitter Lance Berkman, striking an optimistic tone, said he was hitting in the batting cages for the first time Friday since going on the disabled list with inflammation in his left hip.

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He's eligible to be activated Monday, but that's probably not realistic. Berkman, who has been on the DL since July 7, said he'll try to run in a few days.

"It's definitely better than it was, but it's not quite there yet," Berkman said.

Manager Ron Washington said that Berkman will need to go on a medical rehabilitation assignment before he rejoins the Rangers lineup.

Berkman is batting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games. He hasn't hit a home run from his power side, left-handed, since May 11.

Cruz out of lineup: Right fielder Nelson Cruz, who led all American League outfielders in home runs and RBIs at the All-Star break, was out of Friday's lineup with a migraine headache.

Cruz wanted to wait to make a decision at game time, but Washington said with the heat and humidity he decided to go with Leonys Martin in right field. Cruz was available as a pinch hitter.

Ogando feeling strong: Right-hander Alexi Ogando reported no issues after going seven innings and throwing 80 pitches in a rehab start Thursday night for Double-A Frisco.

Ogando will throw a bullpen Sunday and he's expected to be activated and start Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Ogando allowed two runs on a home run in his start for Round Rock.

Washington following trade talk: Washington said he is aware of the trade talk involving the Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza, but his main focus is the current players on the Rangers and catching Oakland in the American League West.

"We know what's being discussed," Washington said. "I'll scream and holler if something happens."

Grimm available: Right-hander Justin Grimm, who left his last start with forearm soreness, was available to pitch out of the bullpen Friday. Grimm threw from 90 feet during Thursday's workout.

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