Rangers plan Thursday return for Cruz

Updated: May 9, 2010, 5:09 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have revised their plan for bringing slugging right fielder Nelson Cruz back from the disabled list and are targeting Thursday for his return from a hamstring injury, the team said Sunday.

Cruz is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, and there was no indication until Sunday that he wouldn't be activated then.

Cruz, on the disabled list since April 27 because of a strained right hamstring, had a Sunday morning baserunning session under the watch of the Rangers' training staff.

Revised plans call for Cruz to receive further treatment Monday and play on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday and Wednesday. If all goes well, he could be activated for Thursday's home game against the Oakland A's.

With the return of Cruz, who leads the Rangers with seven home runs, manager Ron Washington will have all of his regulars available for the first time this season. Second baseman Ian Kinsler missed the first 22 games recovering from a high ankle sprain.

"It will make us look like a murderer's row," Washington said. "There's some big bats with a lot of power and a lot of RBIs."

Information from ESPNDallas.com special contributor Randy Jennings was used in this report.

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