"It was kind of a state of the Astros meeting," Berkman told MLB.com. Berkman said he will become a volunteer assistant coach at Rice University in Houston his alma mater if he doesn't return to play another Major League season in 2013, but the Astros have expressed an interest in bringing back Berkman to be their designated hitter next year. Berkman, a Texas native who played collegiately at Rice in Houston, was a first-round pick of the Astros in 1997. Berkman initiated a meeting with Astros owner Jim Crane last week to talk about the team and get to know each other better, and the slugger recently had lunch with new manager Bo Porter as well. "All of that will depend on his knee and probably the price, if he gets any other offers or what. If all that works out and there are a lot of ifs there possibly he could do some DH-ing for us." He played 12 years there, making the All-Star team five times, before being traded to the New York Yankees in 2010.