Cruz slowed by tight right quad muscle

Cruz slowed by tight right quad muscle

Cruz slowed by tight right quad muscle
SEATTLE -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz could miss at least a couple of games because of a tight right quad muscle.

The injury forced Cruz out of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners after six innings. It doesn't look like a disabled list injury at this point, but Cruz is not expected to play on Wednesday against the Mariners.

"It feels better," Cruz said after the game. "When I first came out, I couldn't do much because it was tight. But it's better."

Cruz said he felt the muscle tighten on a fourth-inning ground ball to third baseman Chone Figgins. He was barely thrown out at first base and the muscle continued to bother him while he was playing the outfield. The game-time temperature was 53 degrees.

Cruz went on the DL three times last season because of hamstring injuries but said this doesn't compared to those problems.

"It was kind of cold and I couldn't get loose," Cruz said. "I feel good right now. We'll see tomorrow. Hopefully I'll just need one day off."