Rangers notes: Lance Berkman gets cortisone injection for sore right knee

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Lance Berkman will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties this weekend after receiving a cortisone injection Thursday in his achy right knee.

Berkman said that he would be available off the bench, but seemed resigned to not start any games at first base as the Rangers make sure he is getting enough rest for later in the season.

The designated hitter is not used at National League parks during interleague play. Also, Mitch Moreland was reinstated from the disabled list, and Berkman said that Moreland’s bat needs to be in the lineup.

“It’s not stuff that is going to require any sort of procedure,” Berkman said of his knee while meeting a throng of Rangers and Cardinals media. “I think they want to make sure I’m getting enough rest and days off. With an NL city, it just makes sense. I was probably only going to play one game anyway, if I did play in the field.”

Manager Ron Washington said that Berkman might be used in the field if Moreland, coming off a strained hamstring and three rehab games at Double A Frisco, shows signs of fatigue.

Right-hander Josh Lindblom was optioned to Triple A Round Rock to create a roster spot for Moreland.

Profar learns lesson

Jurickson Profar made a diving stop Thursday on a Brandon Moss grounder to second base to start the sixth inning, but Moss reached on an infield hit because Profar lobbed the ball to first base.

The rookie admitted Friday that he was afraid to rush his throw because he didn’t want to throw it wildly. But he received some feedback from the coaching staff between innings.

“I didn’t want to throw it away,” Profar said. “They told me a situation like that I could have bounced it. It’s better than a throw like that.”

Said Ron Washington: “He made a hell of a play. He has to understand that there’s urgency out there in everything you do. I don’t think you’ll see that again.”

Martin a regular?

Leonys Martin was in the Rangers’ starting lineup for the 10th straight game, eight of them in center field. The start Friday was particularly noteworthy because it pitted the left-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher for the second time this week.

Ron Washington wouldn’t go so far as to say that Martin is the Rangers’ everyday center fielder. Craig Gentry is dealing with a hand injury after being struck by a pitch Tuesday, and can’t swing a bat.

But it’s clear that Martin, who entered the St. Louis series on a six-game hitting streak (9 for 19), is making a push for the bulk of the at-bats.

“It’s obvious,” Washington said. “Martin is getting the playing time right now. He’s swinging the bat well. Gentry is still in the mix, but I’m riding the hot bat.”

Gentry is able to catch and throw. He replaced Martin in the ninth inning Thursday and started the game-winning relay home for the final out after initially mishandling the single to center.


•  The Rangers traded right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama to the Yankees for future considerations. Tateyama, who was assigned to New York’s Triple A team at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.), went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 34 innings with Triple A Round Rock.

•  Busch Stadium became the 46th ballpark in which the Rangers have played a regular-season game since 1972. The only current parks where the Rangers haven’t played are Citi Field in New York and Marlins Park in Miami.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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