Texas' Cruz not in lineup but avoids DL

Updated: May 28, 2010, 5:55 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was not put on the disabled list after testing his strained left hamstring before Friday's game with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Cruz, who ran on the field and participated in drills, is not in the lineup for the Rangers' series opener and is listed as day-to-day.

On Thursday, general manager Jon Daniels said Cruz had an MRI and it showed the injury was in a different spot than the strain on his right hamstring that forced him to the DL earlier in the season.

Cruz has been one of the club's most productive offensive players this season. He's third in the early All-Star voting and is second on the team with a .330 batting average, 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

Cruz, who turns 30 on July 1, was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 27 with a strained right hamstring and returned May 14 in Toronto. Since returning to the lineup, Cruz is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with seven doubles, three homers and 17 RBIs in 12 games.

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

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