"At this point, I'm used to dealing with aches and pains," Berkman said.
Nelson Cruz replaced Berkman as the team's designated hitter for Sunday's finale vs. the Reds. Leonys Martin started in right field and Engel Beltre played center.
"It's the American League," Berkman said. "It's not like I'm replacing a pitcher. I'm not significantly better than anyone in the lineup. Who would I be pinch-hitting for?"
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