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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 10: Lance Berkman #27 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 10, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    It's been a week since Lance Berkman has stepped on the field for the Texas Rangers, and he's hoping to end that streak Wednesday night as the Rangers play their second of three games against the Seattle Mariners and star pitcher Felix Hernandez.

    Berkman injured his right knee as he took a bad step on the stairs while de-planing last week after a return from New York and he's been on the shelf ever since.

    The plan all along was for Berkman to take the weekend series against the Reds off and return on Tuesday night against Seattle but after taking batting practice prior to Tuesday's game he decided one more day off could do his knee well.

    Berkman has been slumping pretty much since the calendar turned to May, and especially from mid-May on, as he was mired in a 2-for-22 slump before singling in his final two at-bats in the last game he played against the Yankees.

    Berkman was moved out of the 3-hole in the Rangers lineup back to No. 5 in the lineup and if he doesn't pick up his production soon he might find himself moving further down the totem pole.