Sep 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was placed on the disabled list near the end of August with a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. Team doctors estimated that he would miss at least three weeks, but the 31-year-old slugger is already chomping at the bit.
According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cruz ran sprints on the outfield grass Saturday and will do so again on Sunday.
If he continues making progress and is able to avoid setbacks, he could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday — the first day he’s eligible to return.
Cruz is batting .270/.322/.531 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI through 113 games this season.
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