Cruz returns after stint on DL

Cruz returns after stint on DL

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup on Tuesday against the Pirates, his first game since going on the disabled list in late May with a left hamstring injury.

"It's exciting. I'm anxious to be back," Cruz said. "You want to be there, especially since we're doing really good. It's been really enjoyable; the other guys are playing well."

Before being injured for the second time this season, Cruz was hitting .327, with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 29 games. Despite that, he insisted he isn't going to do anything differently to avoid the DL should it happen again.

"I'm going to keep working. That's the best I can do," Cruz said. "Just keep working and try to stay healthy and get stronger."

Rangers manager Ron Washington was pleased to have Cruz back in the lineup.

"I know it will take him a couple days to get himself going, but his presence, just knowing we have him there, it's just added more potency to what we already have," Washington said.

With Cruz's activation, the Rangers optioned Craig Gentry back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gentry was batting .212 with three RBIs in 33 at-bats for this season.