Texas designated hitter Lance Berkman who's been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation realizes that unless his hip and right knee start showing some improvement his season and career could be over.

"You've got to fish or cut bait and I think we're getting to that point rather quickly" Berkman said.

Berkman hit in the batting cages Tuesday and did some light running. He hoped to hit again Wednesday.

Berkman who has hit .254 with six homers and 34 RBI realizes that unless he can be a powerful presence for the Rangers he won't be able to help the team. He doesn't know if that will happen.

"Running is the main thing right now and I think mechanically my swing isn't in a good place because of my knee not because of pain but because of the inability to put it in a position it needs to be to hit with any kind of authority" Berkman said. "You can go up there and slap the ball around. That's really not what we need."

Berkman said he wants to get back on the field and try to reward a club that's paying him $11 million this year. But Berkman 37 wasn't able to do any baseball activities while the team was in Houston because he wanted to try and give his body a couple of extra days to prepare. The biggest issue for him is with his right knee which he can't straighten out enough to generate any power.