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Rangers will welcome back suspended Nelson Cruz if they make the playoffs

Aug 30, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Confirming reports from earlier this week, manager Ron Washington said today that the Rangers would add Nelson Cruz to the roster if they make the playoffs.

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.

  1. bshook87 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Hasn’t Pedro Gomez blown enough stories like this by now that we should probably quit considering him a reputable source?

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  2. beefytrout - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I get why they would do this, but man is this gonna cause a clusterf**k in the lineup. Wash’s loyalty to his players cost the team last year.

  3. spytdi - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Cruz—>DH where is the cluster? It’s a no brainer. His Glove is subpar and his bat is missed. 5 hole he goes.

    • beefytrout - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      oh yeah, just what you want in the POSTSEASON… a guy who’s been off for 50 games. Makes all the sense in the world!

  4. miketreedy - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Of course they were going to bring him back. Even if Berkman can come back and play DH they can still use Cruz in the OF to replace Murphy who has been terrible this year. They will just move Rios to LF and let Cruz play RF. Rios has the speed to be a great in LF.

    Having Cruz as DH or in RF makes the Rangers a much deeper team.

    • hardjudge - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Murph has been bad at the plate this year, but he is a much better outfielder than Cruz. Cruz at DH looks like the move. Since Rios is signed for next year, if they resign Cruz, I expect he will play DH next year and the young OF Beltre will probably be the left fielder, if he can hit at all.

      • beefytrout - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Gentry in LF?

      • miketreedy - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        Yes if Berkman isn’t doing well Cruz will be DH. If Berkman is hitting and getting on base though they will use him as DH. In the late innings they may move Rios back to RF and put Gentry in left for defensive reasons.

  5. papacrick - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    This guy is gonna suck like Melky when he returns. He was a lifetime scrub before his “late blooming”

    • miketreedy - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      He has been good for years. He will be fine especially playing in the Texas ballpark.

    • rythestunner - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Since when? He’s hit over 20 HR and 70 RBI every season since becoming a regular in 2009.

    • gt929 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      The spotlight has been on him since the story broke in January. You really think he is still using? He was having one of his best seasons before he was suspended. I really doubt he will ‘suck like Melky’ when he returns.

  6. zacksdad - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    And you wonder why the players do it. Even the teams do not care what the players do, as long as they hit well and help the team win.

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