Hip injury sends Lance Berkman to the disabled list

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Lance Berkman managed to stay off the disabled list despite injuring his knee last week, but the 37-year-old designated hitter tweaked his hip running to first base Saturday and the Rangers placed him on the shelf.

Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated that the combination of injuries gave Berkman little chance to be productive, so the team is hoping the time off is better than “putting a band aid on this and putting a band aid on that.”

Berkman got off to a strong start after signing a one-year, $11 million deal with the Rangers, but has hit just .176 in 20 games since June 1 while also taking quite a bit of time off.

And now the Rangers have Manny Ramirez playing at Triple-A as a potential designated hitter alternative.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.