Outfield shuffle possible; Cruz takes cuts

Outfield shuffle possible; Cruz takes cuts

Outfield shuffle possible; Cruz takes cuts
ARLINGTON -- With Nelson Cruz activated on Tuesday and David Murphy swinging a hot bat, Rangers manager Ron Washington said he would consider moving Josh Hamilton from left field to center field, in order to accommodate Murphy's hot bat.

"Yeah, that could happen," Washington said.

Murphy matched a season high with four hits in Tuesday night's 10-4 win over the Indians, and all three four-hit nights happened in the last 10 games.

Cruz took live batting practice Wednesday off top Rangers prospects Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez, two pitchers who spent time in Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock and were spending time with the big league organization to give them the opportunity to work with pitching coach Mike Maddux.

"It looks pretty good, to be hitting off those kids," Washington said of Cruz, who went on the disabled list on Aug. 29 with a strained left hamstring and was activated on the first day he was eligible. "It's not easy to get into that. He got some swings and took some pitches. It's tough to judge that, but at least he's seeing some live arms."

Cruz was available to pinch-hit for Wednesday's game and is still not going to start on Thursday.

"There's no timetable on it," Washington said. "He's available, but there's no timetable on it. He'll let us know."