Cruz was on the disabled list three times last season with strained hamstrings, including twice in the left leg. On two of those three trips, Cruz returned within two weeks of the injury. In the third, he missed a month.
On his trip to second base, Cruz favored his leg and jogged slowly, with a visible grimace on his face."When I first hurt it, I thought it was bad," Cruz said. "I put ice on it and it's definitely much better. When I get up tomorrow, I will really know how I feel." The Rangers plan to give Cruz an MRI on Monday. Cruz's hamstring injury could affect the team's decision on how to handle Adrian Beltre's return from his strained left hamstring. If Cruz is out, the Rangers may decide to have Beltre skip his rehab assignment that was set to begin Monday and come straight to the big league team. The club had made no decision, but was planning on evaluating its options soon.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.