ANAHEIM -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was removed from Monday's game against the Angels with tightness in his left quad muscle. Cruz left the game in the seventh inning, but the situation is not considered serious.
Cruz wears a sleeve on his legs to protect against these problems. He felt the muscle tighten while running before the game and finally decided to come out with his team leading, 8-2.
When he took the sleeve off in the training room, he couldn't feel the tightness anymore.
"They did a lot of tests after I came out and I didn't feel anything," Cruz said. "But we were up six runs and I didn't think the team needed me. I felt it, so I wanted to be cautious."
Cruz was 1-for-4 with a home run before coming out of the game. Cruz had to come out of a game on July 29 in Toronto because of the same problem. He missed two games because the Rangers were playing on the artificial turf at Rogers Centre.
"It's not as bad as that," Cruz said.
He was on the disabled list for 17 days in May because of a strained right quad muscle and was out three times last season because of strained muscles. That's why the Rangers are always cautious with him.
The Rangers will know more Tuesday if Cruz will have to miss time. But if he does, it won't be for too long.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.