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Nelson Cruz to come off disabled list tomorrow

May 13, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

One of the hottest hitters in baseball before landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury late last month, Nelson Cruz avoided a setback during a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A and is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ lineup tomorrow.
Cruz told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com that his time on the DL was “tough” and “boring” while adding that he’s “excited” to see what the Rangers’ lineup is capable of now that he’s back and Ian Kinsler is healthy. Prior to the injury Cruz hit .323 with seven homers and a 1.117 OPS in 19 games batting fifth in the lineup, but Kinsler has since claimed that spot and Cruz will move down to sixth in the order.
Julio Borbon and Elvis Andrus has struggled to give the Rangers much production from the leadoff spot, but a two through six of Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero, Kinsler, and Cruz has a chance to do some major damage and rookie Justin Smoak gives them another potential big bat at No. 7.

  1. Lance - May 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    How do you figure that Andrus has struggled in the leadoff position? Yes, Borbon was anemic up there, but since moving to #1, Andrus has pushed his average to just under .300 and is among the lead leaders in walks. He also has the league’s longest active hitting streak right now, at 12 games. I’ve never seen such patience at the plate from a player as young as 20.

  2. Will - May 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Agree w/ Lance – Andrus has been great in the leadoff spot. He gets on base and has stolen a ton of bases.
    Borbon on the other hand…

  3. Sam - May 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    umm..andrus on base percentage is over .400… isnt that exactly what you want from your leadoff hitter?

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