Rangers' Cruz to return vs. Pirates

Updated: June 22, 2010, 7:03 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Outfielder Nelson Cruz has recovered from his second strained hamstring this season, and he was activated off the disabled list in time for the Texas Rangers' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

To make room on the roster, outfielder Craig Gentry was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"I'm excited to get back," Cruz said. "I've enjoyed seeing the guys playing well and hopefully I can contribute."

Cruz returns after straining his left hamstring and going on the disabled list May 29. He rehabbed in Oklahoma City and was pronounced ready to play. Cruz strained his right hamstring earlier this season and spent just a little more than 15 days on the DL then.

Cruz, who turns 30 on July 1, is hitting .327 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs this season. Despite playing in just 32 games, Cruz is third in home runs and fourth in RBIs. He is currently fourth among voting for the All-Star outfielders, just behind teammate Josh Hamilton. The top-3 vote getters start in the game.

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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