Buzz: Nelson Cruz in difficult situation

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz again gave no indication Thursday of what his decision will be if Major League Baseball chooses to suspend him in the Biogenesis case.

It's a tough situation, Cruz said, especially with the Rangers starting August four games behind Oakland in the American League West and a half game out in the wild card race.

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"I mean we're in a good situation now," Cruz said. "We're close to first place and close to the wild card also. Hopefully everything plays well."

Cruz said he's following media reports like everyone else and speaks with his agent often. He said he can't comment on any of their discussions.

Suspension are expected to be announced in coming days for those with ties to Biogenesis of America, a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Cruz was asked before Thursday's game if the Rangers remaining in contention in the playoff race will impact his decision to appeal any suspension handed down by MLB.

"I haven't taken any decisions yet," Cruz said. "I will let you know when I take a decision."

Tigers went after Profar: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Detroit Tigers repeatedly tried to engage the Rangers in attempt to trade for infielder Jurickson Profar. The Rangers declined interest.

Profar, who started Thursday for the first time since July 25, hasn't lost any trade value despite playing sporadically as the Rangers' utilityman. His name was one of the first one to come up in all trade talks involving the Rangers, sources said.

Martin still learning: New leadoff hitter Leonys Martin made a poor read on Elvis Andrus' bloop single in the first inning Wednesday, resulting in an out at third base (even though replays showed he was safe).

Washington said Martin should have made it to third standing up. It was another learning experience for the young outfielder.

"I want him to be aggressive going from first to third," Washington said. "But he would have made it easier if he had made the right move. That was an aggressive mistake right there."

Toaster on in Arlington: It was 100 degrees at first pitch Wednesday and it was even hotter and more humid Thursday as the Rangers went out for batting practice around 4 p.m.

Yes, the Texas heat may officially be here, which is OK with the Rangers leaving town for an 11-day, 10-game road trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Houston.

"The humidity is back," Washington said. "The other days it was hot by not humid. But you're right, we're getting out of here."

Wash on Oakland: Washington was asked about the importance of Friday-Sunday's three-game series at Oakland. The Rangers could go into the weekend 3 1/2 games behind the A's with a win Thursday night against Arizona.

"It's important because they're in first place," Washington said. "It's not do or die. If he go out there and play our game, we'll take care of business."

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