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May 04, 2011

Rangers injury updates: Nelson Cruz, Alexi Ogando

Nelson Cruz said his tight right quadriceps muscle felt good after receiving treatment, and the right fielder is hopeful that a day off Wednesday is all he will need before returning to the Rangers' lineup.

Cruz said that he initially felt the tightness while legging out a grounder in the fourth inning, but felt it at its worst after chasing down a flyball in the sixth. He said that the tightness is not similar in severity to the three hamstring strains he suffered last year that caused him to go on the disabled list each time.

He will be evaluated Wednesday.

"I feel good right now," Cruz said after the Rangers' 4-3 loss. "We've got to wait until tomorrow to see."

Right-hander Alexi Ogando expects to make his next start Sunday against New York after again having to deal with a blister on his right index finger. He said the blister started bothering him again in the fifth inning, but he lasted until the sixth. He said the blister, and not the 102 pitches he had thrown, was the reason manager Ron Washington made the pitching change.

"I need a new nail," said Ogando, whose blister is at the tip of the finger. "I don't know what to do."

-- Jeff Wilson


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