Right fielder Nelson Cruz, the reigning American League player of the week, suffered a strained left hamstring in the ninth inning Wednesday and will be evaluated today in Minnesota to determine if he needs to go on the disabled list. Cruz, who missed two weeks earlier this month with a strained right hamstring, felt the strain while trying to leave the batter's box in the final at-bat of the Rangers' 5-2 loss to Kansas City. Cruz had ice on both legs immediately after the game, and trainer Jamie Reed met with manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels to discuss the situation.
Daniels said that the Rangers believe Cruz can avoid the DL. They have not flown a replacement player from Triple A Oklahoma to join the team for its three-game series this weekend at Minnesota.
Craig Gentry or Brandon Boggs would be the likely candidates to replace Cruz if he lands on the DL.
-- Jeff Wilson