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March 02, 2013

Nelson Cruz returns to Rangers' lineup, will play in WBC

Thursday night was a scary one for Nelson Cruz, who felt pressure in his chest and went to an area hospital for evaluation. But all is well now after all tests came back negative Friday, and the right fielder is in the Rangers' lineup Saturday against Arizona.

The slugger also said that he will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. He will leave Rangers camp Sunday and, depending on how far the Dominican team goes, might not be back until March 20.

Doctors told him that he has a muscle spasm in his chest, the result of working out and swinging a bat. He had to pass a stress test before doctor's would release him from the hospital. He passed and was back at his Surprise rental by 4 p.m.

"It was there for, like, 2 1/2 hours," Cruz said of the pressure he felt. "I wanted to be sure. It's something you always want to be cautious about. I had to do all the tests, and everything came back negative."

Cruz had already worked out Saturday morning before he met with the media, and left for the batting cages with a bat in his hands.

-- Jeff Wilson

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