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Rangers want Berkman focused on health, hitting

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Lance Berkman forgot to bring a glove to camp, but he doesn't need one right now. Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers want Berkman focused on hitting and building strength in his surgically repaired right knee.

"He's been in this game a long time," Washington said. "He'll go at his own pace. If we need to we can get him at-bats in a Minor League game so he can see some pitching."

Berkman has played both first base and outfield in his career, but the Rangers signed him primarily as a designated hitter. He may play some first during Spring Training, but it's doubtful that he'll play in the outfield.

"Could I get out there and catch a ground ball?" Berkman said. "Absolutely. I think I could do that if I was in a wheelchair. As far as playing in games, I doubt they're going to run me out there the first week or so, but I think I could do it."