ARLINGTON -- With his left hamstring healthy, Nelson Cruz will start in right field Monday night in Kansas City after being activated from the 15-day disabled list, on time -- something that didn't happen after his previous stint, when he missed 21 games because of the same strained left hamstring injury.
"The last time, he might have to taken a whole week off before he started swinging and torquing," manager Ron Washington said. "He never stopped torquing this time. This time, he was able to stay in action and continue to work."
Cruz was 3-for-15 in the four games after his second DL stint May 29-June 21. But the expectation is that since he went on the DL more for precautionary reasons this time, he should pick up where he left off when he got hurt. Cruz was on a 7-for-19 tear and hit a game-winning home run in a dramatic comeback win over Boston.
Cruz was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in his final rehab game with Double-A Frisco on Thursday, when the emphasis was on swiping a base.
"They just put me on the DL to make sure," Cruz said. "I feel good. I was able to do some first to third. I got to see some pitches and run."
Cruz will be a welcomed addition to the Rangers' lineup.
"It gives us another threat, another presence," Washington said. "It gives Vlad [Guerrero] protection. He's a very important piece. We hope he comes back all fired up and ready to go."
To make room on the active roster for Cruz, the club optioned outfielder Brandon Boggs to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Boggs went 0-for-7 with a walk in four games with Texas after being recalled on Aug. 15 and hand't played since Aug. 21.