ARLINGTON, Texas — The AL West-leading Rangers have gotten back a veteran DH and three pitchers from the disabled list in time for the pennant chase.
DH Lance Berkman was activated from the DL on Sunday, along with RHPs Neftali Felix and Nick Tepesch and LHP Michael Kirkman. Those were among seven additions the Rangers made the first day rosters could expand to more than 25 players.
Berkman had been out since July 7 with left hip inflammation and his sore surgically repaired right knee. But he wasn't in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Minnesota, since Ron Washington said that had already been set as a DH day for 3B Adrian Beltre. Berkman's last game action was Aug. 14, after hitting .364 in a stretch of four minor-league rehab games in a five-day stretch.
Before going on the DL, Berkman hit .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games.
Feliz, who hasn't pitched in the majors since May 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, was back in the Rangers bullpen. He was the closer for Texas during consecutive World Series (2010 and 2011) before moving into the starting rotation, then made only seven starts before tearing an elbow ligament.
Rookie starter Tepesch (4-6, 4.85 ERA in 16 starts) has been out since July 6 with right elbow inflammation. Kirkman (0-2, 8.18 ERA in 25 games) had been out a month longer after a recurrence of lymphoma.
KEMP DELAYED: CF Matt Kemp, who hasn't played for the Dodgers since spraining his left ankle on July 21, won't be activated today as hoped, the Los Angeles Times reported. "He doesn't feel good yet at the plate," manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp, who is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in his rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
BARD BOUNCED: The Red Sox designated RH reliever Daniel Bard for assignment to open a spot on their 40-man roster. Bard, 26, a key part of Boston's bullpen from 2009-11, has battled control problems since. Also, Red Sox RF Shane Victorino left the game against the White Sox in the sixth inning with a bruised left hip.
BRAVES: The contract of veteran RHP Freddy Garcia was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. Garcia, 36, is expected to pitch in relief.
CARDINALS: RF Carlos Beltran sat out because of tightness in his lower back and is considered day to day.
MARLINS: OF Chris Coghlan, the former East Lake standout who had been out since June 9 first with right calf nerve irritation then a back strain, was activated from the disabled list.
PIRATES: Former Rays RH reliever Kyle Farnsworth was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis as part of the roster expansion.
ROCKIES: RHP Tyler Chatwood left in the third inning after being hit in his pitching hand by a line drive. Chatwood had been activated from the 15-day DL before the game.
TIGERS: 3B Miguel Cabrera was scratched for a second straight game to rest his strained abdomen. … OF Nick Castellanos, the team's top prospect, was called up from Triple-A Toledo as part of the roster expansion.
FSL PLAYOFFS: The Dunedin Blue Jays, first-half champions of the Florida State League North Division, open their first-round playoff series Tuesday at Daytona before hosting Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Blue Jays would also host Game 3, if necessary, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.