Rangers place Cruz on 15-day disabled list

Rangers place Cruz on 15-day disabled list

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the disabled list on Sunday and recalled Craig Gentry from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Cruz is sidelined with a torn left hamstring muscle. He tried working out before Sunday's game against the Twins, but it did not go well. Cruz would have been available as a pinch-hitter, but that wasn't good enough for the Rangers' needs.

"We need more than somebody who can pinch-hit," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's got to be able to play the outfield. Today, we put him through a lot of things and realized he can't play the outfield."

Designated hitter is not an option. That role is reserved for Vladimir Guerrero. Washington has used Guerrero in the outfield but not for an extended period.

"I'm not going to run him out there four or five days a week," Washington said.

Cruz was hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 32 games and 126 at-bats. He has a .405 on-base percentage and a .729 slugging percentage. He injured the leg running out a ground ball in his last at-bat against the Royals on Wednesday and pinch-hit in Friday's game against the Twins.

"One day, it feels much better and the next day it feels the same," Cruz said. "Today, it was much better. Yesterday, it was the same as the day before. I'd say I'm about 70 percent."

This is the second time Cruz has been on the DL. He was sidelined from April 27 to May 14 with a strained right hamstring. Cruz will be eligible to come off on June 13, when the Rangers are in Milwaukee.

"We've got to strengthen him up so that when he comes back, he comes back as Nelson Cruz," Washington said. "We want to let him get good and strong."

Gentry played in nine games for the Rangers earlier this season while Cruz was out and was 3-for-14 (.214) with two runs scored and one stolen base. He was hitting .266 with 16 runs scored, two doubles, three triples, two home runs, 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases at Oklahoma City. He had a .378 on-base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage.