Cruz cleared to do rehab work this weekend

Cruz cleared to do rehab work this weekend

MIAMI -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has been on the disabled list since May 29 with a torn left hamstring, will spend the weekend in Nashville on a medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Rangers cleared Cruz after a second straight heavy workout at Sun Life Stadium. Cruz once again reported no problems or pain with his hamstring.

"It was like [Tuesday], it was good," Cruz said.

Cruz will play the outfield on Friday, be used at designated hitter on Saturday and play the outfield again on Sunday. If all goes well, he could be activated on Tuesday when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Pirates at the Ballpark.

"We just want him to go out and see live pitching," manager Ron Washington said.

Cruz has played in just 32 of the Rangers' first 64 games. He's been on the disabled list twice because of hamstring injuries, but is still hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs. He has a .405 on-base percentage and a .729 slugging percentage.