Sore Achilles heel keeps Cruz out of finale

Sore Achilles heel keeps Cruz out of finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nelson Cruz tried a new style of shoes on Thursday in Oakland. He ended up with a sore right Achilles heel and was out of the lineup on Sunday against the Giants. He was available to pinch-hit.

"I don't why he decided to do that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He should be fine."

Cruz went back to his old shoes on Saturday but still had to come out of the game when the heel started to tighten up on him.

"I think it should be fine in one or two days," Cruz said. "I started to feel it the last day in Oakland. I played through it the first game here [on Friday] and didn't think it was bad. Yesterday it got worse. I felt good today when I woke up today."

Michael Young also got a day off after starting two games at first base. With no designated hitter at the National League park, Mitch Moreland started at first base on Sunday.

"I just didn't want to sit on Moreland for three days," Washington said. "I did that in Houston [last month] and didn't want to do it here. Michael can have today, we're off tomorrow, that gives him back-to-back days and he'll be re-energized."