ARLINGTON -- Despite earlier plans to start Nelson Cruz in right field for Friday's game against the Mariners, Cruz found himself starting at designated hitter for the sixth consecutive game. Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team got in to Texas around 11 p.m. CT on Thursday, and he didn't want to start Cruz in right because of the lack of rest for Cruz's strained left hamstring. "[Cruz will start in right] when we feel like it's time," Washington said. "I just didn't feel like it was time. Got in late last night and I just wanted to make sure there was no breakdown."
Washington also said that Cruz's first starts in the outfield would likely be limited to seven innings just to ensure that his hamstring is not overtaxed. "It will probably be seven-inning spurts right off the bat," Washington said. "When Gary Pettis tells me he's ready to go, he sees the work he's doing and he's ready to go, then I'll put him out there. I thought it would be today, but we got in late, and I don't want to take a shot."