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Rangers sluggers Cruz and Hamilton nearing rehab games

May 15, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

Rangers' Hamilton and Cruz stand on field after being stranded on base against Giants during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington Reuters

The Rangers should be whole again soon.

According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, right fielder Nelson Cruz is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday at Double-A Frisco and left fielder Josh Hamilton is expected to join him on Wednesday.

Cruz has been sidelined since May 3, when he strained his right quadriceps muscle. He should only need three or four rehab games before the Rangers clear him to return to the major leagues.

Hamilton might need a bit longer. He’s been on the disabled list since the second week of the regular season with a broken bone in his upper right arm and is likely to require a full week of minor league at-bats to get his timing back.

Texas is also missing starting center fielder Julio Borbon, who hit the disabled list this weekend due to inflammation in his left hamstring. It’s no wonder the Rangers have fallen to second place in the AL West.

  1. spytdi - May 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    They’re weathering the storm okay. If Young hadn’t stuck around it would have been much more difficult to remain within a half game of 1st.

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