Rangers’ Tepesch, Berkman going to DL
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers doubled up on the disabled list fun Sunday.
Texas put designated hitter Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list with left him inflammation and right-hander Nick Tepesch is out with right elbow inflammation.
Texas activated right-hander Joakim Soria to take one of the roster spots and recalled right-hander Cory Burns from Round Rock to take the other.
Tepesch was scheduled to start Wednesday in Baltimore. That start will now go to either Ross Wolf or Josh Lindblom.
Berkman hurt himself running out a grounder in the fourth inning Saturday. He stayed in the game for his sixth inning at-bat but left after that. He was still sore Sunday and said he felt terrible overnight.
“In the heat of the moment it wasn’t like I popped it,” said Berkman. “When I was slowing down I felt it. I ran to second and felt it a little more. I didn’t feel it walking, only when I tried to accelerate.”
Berkman has played in just 68 games for the Rangers because of knee and back problems. He’s hitting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBI.
Manager Ron Washington said the club will likely go with a short bench through the All-Star break to try and protect the team’s battered pitching staff.
“It gives him a chance to catch up,” Washington said of Berkman. “With his knees and his knees causing other things to flare up, putting a Band-Aid on this and a Band-Aid on that, we just felt like we need to give him some time to be productive for us.”
Tepesch struck out a career high nine in Friday’s win over the Astros but told pitching coach Mike Maddux that his elbow was sore Saturday when he played catch. Tepesch, who his 4-6 with a 4.85 ERA, has never had arm troubles and the Rangers hope he’ll be ready to go in two weeks.
“It’s nothing serious,” Washington said. “He said his elbow felt a little sore. It’s precautionary more than anything.”
Soria hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 after missing last season after having Tommy John surgery. He didn’t allow a run in seven rehab innings and Washington said the club will work the two-time All-Star back into big situations in the bullpen.
Burns pitched in three games earlier this year for the Rangers. He was slowed recently by a wart that led to a stint in the disabled list while it was removed. But since he returned from the DL, he’s made three scoreless appearances.