SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz finished 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts on Saturday in his first start for the Rangers since coming off the disabled list. It was also his first start since Aug. 28, when he strained his left hamstring. "I'm kind of lost with my at-bats," Cruz said. "My timing wasn't there, but that's something to expect. You hope it clicks, but I don't know when. It could click in one day, but the more at-bats I take, the better that I feel." Cruz said the hamstring was fine. He was even able to run hard enough to avoid grounding into a double play in the ninth inning on a ball hit to shortstop.
"When I first started running, I was pushing it and then I said, 'Hey, slow down,'" Cruz said. "But it didn't bother me." There is still a possibility that Cruz can start in right field on Tuesday against the Athletics. Manager Ron Washington said that he is considering that possibility but has not made a final decision. "I should be good if they want me to," Cruz said.