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March 01, 2013

Nelson Cruz departs camp with muscle strain in chest region

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is undergoing a battery of tests at a local hospital after experiencing what is believed to be a muscle strain in his chest region Thursday night.

"We sent him to the hospital to make sure it's not something more serious than something muscular," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

Levine did not know if it would impact Cruz's ability to play for the Dominican in this year's World Baseball Classic. Cruz is scheduled to fly to Florida on Sunday to join the team.

Cruz has played in five Cactus League games so far this spring, batting .214 with one home run and five RBIs.

In other injury news:

* Engel Beltre said his left shoulder is feeling better every day. He has still not decided whether he'll play for Spain in the WBC but sounded optimistic about his chances Friday morning.

* Kyle McClellan, sidelined with general back soreness, is throwing off a half-mound today and could be ready for a bullpen session as early as Sunday.

* Yoshinori Tateyama (lower back stiffness) and Tanner Scheppers (left hamstring strain) are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today.

* Lance Berkman came out of Thursday's game with no issues and has a scheduled day off today. He is expected to start Saturday.

-- Drew Davison

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