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Nelson Cruz altering running style to avoid hamstring injuries

Jan 24, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

Nelson Cruz pops out

Nelson Cruz missed 54 games and spent three different stints on the disabled list last season because of hamstring injuries and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Rangers outfielder is working with a trainer “focused on running more upright to possibly relieve some of the stress on his legs.”

Cruz’s trainer is actually Rangers reliever Darren O’Day’s brother, who according to Durrett “combines rehab, biomechanics, and coaching techniques to help athletes become both more efficient and less injury prone.”

Cruz also missed time in 2009 with an ankle injury and was in the lineup for just 236 of a possible 324 games over the past two seasons. During that same time period his .900 OPS ranked fifth among all big-league outfielders behind only Matt Holliday, Manny Ramirez, Jose Bautista, and Ryan Braun.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I sure hope it works, because his injuries last season hurt both the Rangers and my fantasy team.

  2. BC - Jan 24, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Maybe he and Jose Reyes should chat over a cup of coffee?

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Is he having wheels implanted to replace his feet?

  4. Brian Murphy - Jan 25, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Changing your gait can be tricky. If the new techniques don’t feel natural to Cruz, he may be at a higher risk of injury than if he just stayed with what he’s used to.

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