Cruz getting closer to returning Tuesday

Cruz getting closer to returning Tuesday

HOUSTON -- Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list because of a torn left hamstring, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday in his second game on medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He is 1-for-6 with two walks in two games at Oklahoma City. Cruz was used at designated hitter on Saturday. He will play the outfield on Sunday, and if all goes well, he will be activated on Tuesday.

"Cruz is doing well," manager Ron Washington said. "We haven't heard any complaints about anything. He's running everything out and running good in the outfield. He's good. If he makes it through today, we'll have him back starting Tuesday."

The Rangers are planning to option outfielder Craig Gentry back to Oklahoma City when Cruz is ready. Gentry, going into Sunday's game, had played in 19 games with Texas and was hitting .219 with seven hits in 32 at-bats.

The Rangers prefer to go with two extra infielders in Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco and one backup outfielder in David Murphy.

"Gentry needs to play baseball," Washington said. "Having him here through the National League is fine. But we're going back to playing the AL. In the National League games, I could use him to keep him short. Once we get back to the AL, there is nobody I can pinch-hit him for."