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No, the Rangers aren’t telling Nelson Cruz to stay home in October

Aug 27, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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A couple of weeks ago Pedro Gomez passed along some word he was hearing that it was “highly unlikely” that the Rangers would activate Nelson Cruz for the postseason, choosing instead to exile him, Melky Cabrera-style.  In his notes column today Ken Rosenthal reports that, no, that’s not the plan:

Suspended Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz recently spent three days working out at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic. Club officials are trying to put together a plan for him to work out briefly with the major league club before he heads to the club’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz.

As Rosenthal writes, Cruz would be nothing but a plus for the Rangers if they make the playoffs and it would be hard to accept that they’ve decided not to use him once he becomes eligible.

I figure that Gomez talked to some people who were still stinging about the suspension and were talking big about not bringing Cruz back. It sounds like now, however, reason is overtaking emotion.

  1. roanboon - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    If he serves the requisite penalty as prescribed by just process then let him play. His debt should be considered payed.

    • Matt Aromando - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      This is the most reasonable comment I will read on the internet today.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        …and therefore he must be tortured until he recants his heresy!

  2. mc1439 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    No act is too nefarious for these Rangers. They will even hit a rookie catcher in the face.

    • artisan3m - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      That’s part of the maturing process. A veteran catcher knows how to keep that from happening.

  3. steveohho - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Cruz’s cumulative post season slugging average is 683. Texas needs him for the post season. The outfielders are the weakest bats on the team.

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  5. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    “Cruz would be nothing but a plus for the Rangers if they make the playoffs”

    Game 6…Game freaking 6!!! The man has some serious flaws. :-P

  6. herkulease - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Nelson’s track record following long layoffs isn’t exactly stellar. Most recent example would be in 2011, where he missed a stretch 13 games towards end of the season, but was able to return to play the 11 of the last 14.

    Batted just .190 with OPS of .490. He wasn’t exactly a savior in the playoffs except for Tigers series that year when he just went off.

    .067 average and .134 OPS against the Rays.
    .364 average and 1.713 OPS against Tigers.
    .200 average and .773 OPS against Cardinals.

    Its now nearly 4 times as long of a layoff without getting any real game action, even minor league stuff.

    Are the rangers really that desperate?

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