"Last year I changed my routine completely during the offseason, and I did the same thing this year also," Cruz said prior to Sunday's series finale against the Twins. "I focused more on whatever issue I have, especially my legs -- my hamstrings and my quads."
With a full year spent free of any long-term injury concerns, the 32-year-old Cruz has thrived so far this season.
Twenty-five games into the year, Cruz has yet to take a day off and does not appear ready to do so anytime soon. With his injury concerns seemingly behind him, the 32-year-old Cruz has thrived. On a five-game hitting streak entering Sunday, he had notched 13 of his 19 RBIs in the last seven games.
"He's an animal; look at him," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "At some point I'm going to give him a day off. It's just that he's been productive, and sometimes it's hard to pull that out of the lineup, especially if you don't have a replacement."
Nate Sandell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.