Aug 30, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT
Cruz was suspended for 50 games on August 5 as part of his connection to the Biogenesis clinic and initially Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported that the Rangers would not welcome him back for the playoffs.
Texas acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox to replace Cruz in right field, but Cruz has been staying in shape by working out at the Rangers’ complex in the Dominican Republic and is expected to play in instructional league games at the team’s spring training complex in Arizona next week.
Cruz, who met with the local media today and apologized to fans, has been the Rangers’ starting right fielder since 2009 and hit .269 with 27 homers and an .841 OPS in 108 games this season before the suspension. He’s an impending free agent in the final season of a two-year, $16 million deal.
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