SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Lance Berkman started at first base on Monday night against the Royals. Berkman is coming off two knee surgeries from last season, and this is the first time he's played the field. Texas signed him to be its primary designated hitter, but he will see some action at first.
"He'll get some more games there, the number I can't tell you," manager Ron Washington said.
Berkman has played 761 games at first base and 997 games in the outfield during his career. Washington made it clear there are no plans for Berkman to play the outfield, even though it would add to the team's overall versatility. But the Rangers would at least like for him to be able to play first base on occasion, especially during their 10 Interleague road games at National League parks, where the designated hitter will not being used.
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