Cruz runs bases, feels slight pain in leg

Cruz runs bases, feels slight pain in leg

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz ran the bases before Thursday's game against the Mariners as he continues his rehab while on the disabled list.

Cruz, who went on the 15-day DL after straining his left hamstring in late May, said he felt a slight pain in the back of his leg but still feels fine overall.

"I ran today and I feel pretty good," Cruz said. "I still feel a little bit [of pain] behind my knee where the tendon is tight. We're going to push it back a couple more days."

He said that it only hurts when he runs and not when he bats. Cruz feels he's strong enough to play, but still wants to take the necessary precautions.

"I can perform. I don't have to be 100 percent," Cruz said. "But I want to make sure I'm 100 percent so I don't go back on the DL.

"I'm going to go in whenever I feel ready. Hopefully, that's next week. But when I feel ready to go, I'm going to go. I don't feel pressure to get back.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Cruz will do some agility work Friday and hopes to have him back later next week.