After a solid showing for the Dominican Republic and a World Baseball Classic championship now under his belt, Nelson Cruz made his return to Texas Rangers spring training and played in his first Cactus League game on Thursday night since leaving for the WBC.
Cruz picked up where he left off in a successful run through the WBC, going 2-for-3 for the Rangers with a walk and an RBI in the Rangers' come-from-behind walk-off victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Cruz also spoke for the first time about the ongoing investigation into Miami's Biogenesis clinic and their alleged production of PEDs used by several big-leaguers. One player has always been hit with a 100-game suspension in Detroit minor-leaguer Cesar Carillo.
According to a report in USA Today, Major League Investigators hope to meet with the big-leaguers whose names surfaced in the report of the Miami New Times, which included Cruz, in the coming weeks.
“Hopefully that will be soon, so we can take this out before the season starts,” Cruz told The Dallas Morning News.
Cruz hit fifth for the Rangers on Thursday night as Ron Washington admitted after the game that the lineup he used Thursday was the one he plans to use against right-handed pitching this season.