The Texas Rangers are finally starting to get healthy. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are set to be activated off the disabled list for the Rangers on Monday night as they play host to the Chicago White Sox.
Hamilton has been out since April 12 after suffering a small, nondiscplaced fracture of the humerus. Hamilton suffered the injury sliding head first into home plate after attempting to tag up from third base on a pop up in foul territory - in the infield. Before the injury, Hamilton was hitting .333/.409/.462 in 39 at bats.
Hamilton hit .222/.333/.611 with two home runs in 18 at bats while on his rehab assignment.
Texas will also activate starting rightfielder Nelson Cruz off the disabled list as well. Cruz has been sidelined since May 3 with a strained right quadriceps. Prior to the injury, Cruz was hitting .219/.303/.438 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. While rehabbing, Cruz hit .318/.400/.773 in 22 at bats with three home runs.
Alexi Ogando will look to take advantage of getting Cruz and Hamilton back in the lineup tonight. Ogando draws the start against Chicago, as he looks to improve his record to 5-0 this year. Ogando has been nothing short of brilliant for the Rangers this year, pitching to the tune of a 2.13 ERA and .87 WHIP while striking out 37 batters in 50.2 innings of work. Suffice to say, nobody cold have predicted such a seamless transition from the bullpen to the rotation for Ogando.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.