Cruz hopes to start hitting; Arias shut down

Cruz hopes to start hitting; Arias shut down

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Nelson Cruz hopes to start taking batting practice on Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained right hamstring.

"It's feeling a little better," said Cruz, whose .758 slugging percentage will end up being tied for the second highest for the month of April in club history.

Right now, Cruz has been playing some catch and doing some leg work on both a stationary bicycle and the treadmill.

Infielder Joaquin Arias, who joined Cruz on the disabled list Friday with a strained lower back, will be doing nothing for a few days. Arias said the back started bothering him earlier this week and became progressively worse in Thursday's game against the White Sox.

"It's a little sore down there," Arias said. "I definitely feel some pain."