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May 11, 2010

News from the clubhouse

All went well with Nelson Cruz's treatment Monday, and he will be playing for Oklahoma City tonight and Wednesday with the goal of activating him Friday at Toronto. Cruz will play nine innings in right field each game.

Elsewhere in the minors, Joaquin Arias has been playing first base and third base during his rehab assignment with Double A Frisco. The reports so far have been positive on Arias' play at first. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, and if the Rangers feel comfortable with him as an occasional first baseman, Ryan Garko could be headed to Triple A.

Also, Alexi Ogando has been promoted from Double A to Triple A. The right-hander posted a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings at Frisco, walking five and striking out 21. He rejoins Tanner Scheppers, who was promoted to Triple a last week.

Team president Nolan Ryan will represent the Rangers at the owners meetings Wednesday and Thursday in New York. The timing of the regularly scheduled quarterly get-together might end up being only a coincidence with the ongoing Rangers sale. It's entirely possible that Major League Baseball won't seize control of the team to get the sale completed and will continue to explore alternatives to the drastic measure of taking over a franchise.

-- Jeff Wilson


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