Stuck in slump, Cruz not in starting lineup

Stuck in slump, Cruz not in starting lineup

Stuck in slump, Cruz not in starting lineup
ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz was out of the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday night because manager Ron Washington wanted to use Monday's open date to give him two days off.

Cruz went into Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats and is hitting .175 in his last 17 games. He has played in 138 games, a career high for him at the Major League level. Cruz is also 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts against Ubaldo Jimenez, who was on the mound for the Indians on Tuesday night.

"That wasn't my reason to give him a day off," Washington said.

Washington is in the final stages of giving players a day off before they go down the stretch. Texas went into Tuesday's game against Cleveland with a three-game lead in the American League West and 22 games left to play.

Washington said he would also like to get third baseman Adrian Beltre at least one game at designated hitter during this six-game homestand. Ian Kinsler may also get another day off soon.