Rangers' Nelson Cruz not in lineup

Updated: May 5, 2011, 10:29 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz did not play for the Texas Rangers in a win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday due to a tight right quad muscle.

Cruz, who was pulled in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners after the tightness developed, said he had treatment Wednesday and felt better. He took some swings and said he would attempt to run the bases before deciding if he was available to pinch hit. But he didn't get in.

Rangers manager Ron Washington may elect to sit Cruz out of Thursday's game as a precaution, but he hasn't determined that yet.

"It's tightness and I already feel better," Cruz said. "I think it's nothing to be concerned about."

He said he felt the quad after trying to beat out an infield single to third in the fourth inning. Cruz felt it again as he made a running catch in right field in the sixth.

Cruz has been in a slump the last few weeks, batting just .161 (10-for-62) the last 16 games to go from .302 to a season-low .219. He is just 2-for-20 on this road trip and was 0-for-3 against the Mariners on Tuesday. He has struck out 25 times in the last 19 games and is tied for fourth in the American League with 33 strikeouts.

Cruz missed 51 games in 2010 thanks to three separate stints on the disabled list, all with hamstring issues. He worked this offseason on strengthening those muscles and altering his running style to guard against injuries in the hamstrings.

Despite his recent problems at the plate, Cruz still leads the Rangers in home runs with seven and is tied with Michael Young for the team lead in RBIs with 24.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

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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