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Nelson Cruz placed on disabled list with strained right quad

May 7, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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Be honest, you knew this was coming.

Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Nelson Cruz was placed on the disabled list earlier this afternoon with a strained right quad.

Cruz hasn’t played since leaving Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners. He has reported some improvement in recent days, but the Rangers decided to play it safe after receiving results of an MRI exam earlier today. Because the DL-stint is backdated, Cruz is eligible to return as soon as May 19.

Cruz is batting .219/.303/.439 with seven home runs and 19 RBI over his first 119 plate appearances this season. The 30-year-old outfielder made headlines by homering in four straight games to begin the season, but it’s been all downhill since then. He goes on the DL hitless over his last 14 at-bats.

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