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Lance Berkman pondering retirement because of injuries

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman may miss the rest of the 2013 season, according to a story in the Dallas Morning News.

And he may be considering retirement because of it.

Berkman signed a deal worth $10 million for this season with a $13-million option for 2014 to play for the Texas Rangers after the Cardinals installed Allen Craig as their regular first baseman. He got off to a good start. But nagging knee injuries that ruined his 2012 in St. Louis as well as a hip issue have limited his playing time.

He hit .319 with two homers and 15 RBI in June. But it was all downhill after that for Berkman. He hit .264 in May, .194 in June and .083 in July while collecting a total of only 282 plate appearances.

Berkman's 2014 option vests at 550 plate appearances. So it looks like that's out of reach around the 100 game mark of the season.

The Rangers stand at three games behind the Oakland Athletics and 10 games over .500 in second place of the American League West. They're half a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card berth for the AL playoffs.