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May 28, 2010

Nelson Cruz not headed to disabled list

Right fielder Nelson Cruz is not headed to the disabled list, nor is he in the lineup tonight, and he said he might be able to play a full game at designated hitter this weekend at Minnesota. The Rangers are approaching the strained left hamstring on a day-to-day basis.

Cruz said he ran at about 60 percent effort earlier today, but there is no pain when he walks. He said he'd like to be a pinch-hitter if needed tonight.

The injury is at the bottom of the hamstring where it attaches to the calf. He has been told by Dr. Keith Meister that the affected area isn't used much and is often the muscle used to replace elbow ligaments in Tommy John operations.

"I heard, like, 'pop,' when I was running," Cruz said, describing his ninth-inning at-bat Wednesday when the injury was suffered. "When it happened, it was a lot of pain. But the next day, I was walking normally. We're going to take it day by day and see."

The pain, he said, is much less severe than the pain he felt when he suffered a strained right hamstring that put him on the disabled list late last month and cost him the first two weeks of May. That injury was higher on the leg.

-- Jeff Wilson

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