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The Rangers will activate Nelson Cruz on Monday

Sep 29, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan is reporting that the Rangers will activate outfielder Nelson Cruz in time for Monday’s Game 163 against the Rays. Cruz finished serving his 50-game suspension handed down by commissioner Bud Selig for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Cruz left with an .841 OPS in 452 trips to the plate, ranking among the more productive outfielders in the league. Had he not been suspended, he almost certainly would have hit another seven home runs to surpass his career-high of 33. The Rangers acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox on August 9 to fill his shoes. Though Rios didn’t supply as much power, he added a speed dimension, stealing 16 bases in 17 attempts between his Rangers debut and the end of Sunday’s action.

Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels did not say if Cruz would be in the lineup, stating that the decision is up to manager Ron Washington.

Meanwhile, Cruz is excited to be back. From Sullivan’s article:

“We’re playing really good baseball, and the guys are excited,” Cruz said. “I’m excited, and I’m happy to be back and be with my teammates and play the game that I love.”

  1. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Cheaters never…..wait!

    • apkyletexas - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      You obviously haven’t seen the Patriots’ or the Yankees’ trophy cases recently.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Cruz will be rusty. Using him against Price in a winner take all game would be a very big risk.

    • bendover09 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Good thing you’ve done your homework. I mean, not that hard to look on a popular website about MLB to see a headline about Cruz playing in the Dominican League during the suspension process.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Are there any major league pitchers in the Dominican League?

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Does taking batting practice and seeing live pitching that is not David Price make you rustier?

  3. spytdi - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Bigger risk than David Murphy going 0-4? It’s one i’d be willing to take.

  4. flickflint - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    People are dumb to be mad about this, he he did the time

    • hcf95688 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      correct

  5. miketreedy - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Finally the Rangers have a player in LF (Gentry) and at DH (Cruz) that can hit.

  6. markofapro - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Cruz is 9-21 against Price. Better option than Murphy.

  7. joestemme - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Shame on the Texas Rangers. Shame on them.

    • hardjudge - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      and just who do you thinks has been playing shortstop for the Indians the last several games?

  8. markofapro - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Shame for what?

    • joestemme - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Shame on playing a cheater. They should have done the honorable thing the Giants did last year with Cabrera and sit the cheater for the playoffs even though eligible for them.

      Shame on the DETROIT TIGERS, SHAME ON THEM.

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