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Rangers Expect Cruz Back For Final Stretch

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Fans of the Texas Rangers should be used to this by now.

    Nelson Cruz is going to have hamstring injuries every season, at least two or three times a year.

    That has been no different this season as Cruz most recently hurt his hamstring against the Los Angeles Angels a couple of Sundays ago.

    Fox Sports baseball guru Ken Rosenthal said the Rangers are hoping to get Cruz back for the final 7-10 games of the season, which would include that pivotal three-game set in Anaheim against the Angels to end the season.

    The thought is that Cruz would DH in that time to end the regular season before moving back to right field if the Rangers are fortunate enough to make the postseason.

    On the season, Cruz is hitting .270 with 28 home runs and 84 RBIs. That's tops on the club in home runs and second behind Michael Young in RBIs (91) despite the fact that Cruz has played almost 30 games less than Young.

    So in other words, he has an impact on the Rangers lineup and usually hits anywhere between Nos. 5-7 in the lineup.

    With Adrian Beltre swinging the bat well since his return, Cruz's will only bolster the lineup that much more.