Cruz leaves with cramp, says he's OK

Updated: April 20, 2010, 11:55 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

BOSTON -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was taken out in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox with a cramp in his right hamstring.

Cruz, who was 2-for-4 with three stolen bases Tuesday, expects to play Wednesday. He is batting .333 and is tied for the major league lead with seven home runs.

Cruz said he felt the cramp while he was throwing in the outfield late in the game. He then felt it grab after his first swing of his ninth-inning at-bat. Trainers looked at him briefly, but he stayed in and eventually struck out when the score was 6-6.

"When I made that first swing, it caught again," said Cruz. "I should be able to go tomorrow."

David Murphy replaced him in right field for the bottom of the ninth.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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