CLEVELAND -- Nelson Cruz had an RBI single in the sixth inning of Friday's 6-3 loss to the Indians that snapped an 0-for-14 skid. But he still entered Saturday's game hitting .159 (7-for-44) with zero home runs and two RBIs in his last 12 games.
Both Cruz and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh believe Cruz is close to getting hot again.
"I think I have been taking some good swings and having some good at-bats the last couple of games," Cruz said. "I'm missing some balls. It just needs to click. I think I'm getting to where I want to be."
"I think he's just trying to find his rhythm, to be honest," Coolbaugh said. "Mechanically, he's just trying to get some things worked out and see the ball. I thought the last two games have been a lot better. He seems more comfortable. I think it's a matter of him having a couple of at-bats and getting some results so he feels like he's clicking again. I don't see anything that is cause for concern."
Cruz was back in right field on Saturday night at Progressive Field. He is the only Rangers player who has started all 27 games in the field. Next is Ian Kinsler, who has 23 starts at second base and four at designated hitter. Cruz, Kinsler and Michael Young are the only Rangers who have played in all 27 games.
"Even if you're struggling, you still want to think your swing is there and it's a matter of one swing to click," Cruz said. "I'm good. I know what I can do and what I'm capable of doing."