Cruz gets day off as struggles mount

Cruz gets day off as struggles mount

Cruz gets day off as struggles mount
NEW YORK -- Nelson Cruz was out of the Rangers' lineup on Thursday as he works with new hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh on his swing. Cruz went into Thursday's game with just two hits in his last 29 at-bats. One of those hits was a home run, but he has also struck out 11 times in 29 at-bats.

"I understand it's part of the game, something that comes and goes," Cruz said.

Cruz said he has been working with Coolbaugh on his front foot. Cruz said he has been landing flat-footed and it's causing him to lunge at the ball. In doing so, he has been unable to reach the outside pitch.

"I felt good yesterday," Cruz said. "I didn't get any hits, but it's just a matter of time to get it done."