Cruz says he's ready to return to lineup

Cruz says he's ready to return to lineup

ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 29 with a strained left hamstring, said he feels he is ready to return to the lineup.

"I feel I could play right now if they let me," Cruz said.

Cruz ran in the outfield on Saturday and said his leg felt better than Friday, when he ran the bases at about "80 percent." The Rangers will probably put Cruz through further tests on Sunday, take Monday off and see where he is on Tuesday.

Cruz is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday. The Rangers may still want to send him to the Minor Leagues for some at-bats, but part of that depends on Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco still being in the playoffs.

"We're not making any decisions until Tuesday," manager Ron Washington said.