Cruz has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, after adding two hits in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Angels, and has hit .404 (19-for-47) with 10 RBIs in the Rangers' last seven games. Before that, he had just two RBIs in the club's previous 15 games.
"Comfort. Finding his rhythm," Washington said of what Cruz has improved on. "I think three days off did him some good."
Washington felt that rest during the All-Star break didn't benefit Cruz physically, but rather the battles he was facing within himself.
"Mentally, because he really wasn't doing what he knew he was capable of doing, sometimes the mental fatigue can make you look physically fatigued," Washington said. "It wasn't the physical part that did him some good over the three-day break. I think it was the mental part."
Washington understands what it's like to go through slumps and knows how difficult it can be to shake them.
"He wasn't doing what he wanted to do and it was just so frustrating," Washington recalled. "He's had a chance to get away from that frustration."