ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers walks back to the dugout after striking out in the fifth inning in Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Mr. Disabled List is at it again.
The biggest "if he could only stay healthy" player the Texas Rangers have, outfielder Nelson Cruz, had a scare in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the their Surprise sister wives, the Kansas City Royals.
Cruz took a pitch off his right hand in the third inning of the game before leaving the game in the fifth when he showed some signs of discomfort in his next at-bat.
It doesn't seem Cruz or manager Ron Washington is too concerned as he's listed as day-to-day, but the thought of losing Cruz before the season even starts is nauseating for Rangers fans, who have grown used to the 25-30 home run season from Cruz in 100-120 games due to his two or three trips to the DL over the course of any season thanks to his faulty hamstrings.
Of course, we all remember Cruz's postseason run back in October when he had his own "Mr. October" run in the ALCS win over the Tigers, driving in 13 runs with six bombs in the six-game series. If Cruz can stay healthy for an entire season for once, he's fully capable of hitting 40-plus home runs and driving in more than 100 runs.