Rangers recall Cruz, designate Ellison

Rangers recall Cruz, designate Ellison

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are bringing outfielder Nelson Cruz to the Major Leagues.

Cruz, after putting up terrific numbers in the Pacific Coast League, is being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma and will join the team on Monday in Kansas City. The Rangers made room for him by designating outfielder Jason Ellison for assignment.

Cruz would have been here earlier this month when David Murphy went on the disabled list with a knee injury. But Cruz was also on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle. He missed three weeks and was just activated Thursday.

"We were just waiting for him to get comfortable and get his swing back down," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Cruz has played four games since being activated and is 5-for-17 (.294). On the season, he is hitting .342 with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs in 103 games and just 342 at-bats. He has a .429 on-base percentage and a .695 slugging percentage.

The Rangers hope he can boost an offense that is hitting just .251 with 45 runs scored in the last 11 games. During that stretch they have lost both Murphy and second baseman Ian Kinsler to injury while designated hitter Milton Bradley has started just 13 of his last 26 games.

Cruz is expected to get substantial playing time for the rest of the season.

"I wouldn't necessarily say he's going to play every day, but [manager Ron Washington's] plan is to give him playing time," Daniels said.

Cruz has played in 145 Major League games in parts of the last three seasons for the Rangers and Brewers, hitting .231 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs in 442 at-bats.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.