"He's doing exactly what he's supposed to do," Washington said. "Go down there and force his way back. I'm happy for Nelson -- I hope he's getting his confidence back. We'll see him again."Although Cruz has been impressive for Oklahoma, Washington said it doesn't look like the Rangers will see him anytime soon. "Someone up here is going to have to fall on their face," Washington said. "I don't see Kenny [Lofton] falling on his face. Don't see [Frank Catalanotto] falling on his face. Byrd's doing a good job. I'm happy for Cruz. He needs to get his confidence back and when we feel he's ready to be back here, he'll be back here." He said it: "He's a leader and everyone looks to the leader. If the leader is getting it done, then they want to get it done too. No one wants to be the one that don't get it done when things are going good. It breeds confidence." -- Washington, on starter Kevin Millwood's recent success Friday's Minor League top performers:
Gold: Mike Wood went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts as Oklahoma beat Albuquerque, 5-2. Wood is 6-1 on the season and it was his seventh consecutive quality start. Silver: Class A Clinton starter Zachary Phillips allowed one hit over six innings with eight strikeouts. He improved to 7-2 on the season, leading Clinton to a victory over Kane County, 4-0. Bronze: First baseman Michael Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as the Arizona League Rangers won their first game of the year against the Arizona League Royals, 9-6. Briefly: Class A Bakersfield right-hander Bear Bay was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. ... Class A Clinton left-hander Michael Ballard transferred to Bakersfield. ... Pitcher Josh Lueke transferred from Class A Spokane to Clinton. ... Shortstop Joaquin Arias, who has been on the disabled list since Spring Training with a shoulder injury, is expected to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma on Sunday. Up next: The Rangers wrap up their series with the Astros Sunday at 7:35 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Right-hander Robinson Tejeda takes the hill for the Rangers against right-hander Chris Sampson.
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.