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Nelson Cruz aiming to return from disabled list Tuesday

Sep 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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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.

  1. ftmorganfoley - Sep 11, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    1st there was Hamilton……. Then Beltre……… Then Cruz……… ‘still in 1st (by the hair on our chinny chin chin), but when we can finally field our lineup…….. ‘bring on ANY rotation………

  2. spankdawg77 - Sep 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    I totally agree!! If Nelly could stay healthy for the whole season, he would be league MVP!!!

  3. btwicey - Sep 12, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Uhh MVP? Lol that’s the overstatement of the season so far.

    They have hitting, it’s their SP apart from wilson that will be the biggest ?? Come playoffs, a whole other level. I don’t trust Harrison ogando or Lewis totally and you could def throw holland in there too. They’re good, but good enough? I don’t think so, but we’ll see.

  4. artisan3m - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    It’ll be good to get Nelly back, just as it was to get Beltre back in the game. But what’s up with Hamilton? He just doesn’t look comfortable at bat, chases some really bad pitches and consistently finds himself 0-2 in the count. Maybe if Cruz is pushing him, he’s a better hitter? If Ogando messes up again (very likely) I suspect Feldman will replace him in the rotation.

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