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Nelson Cruz Placed On Disabled List

The Texas Rangers have placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list, listing the injury as a strained right quadriceps. 

Cruz last appeared in a game on May 3, in Texas' 4-3 loss to Seattle. The news that Cruz is hitting the disabled list is somewhat surprising, given that it was hoped that Cruz would return to the lineup this weekend against the Yankees. Cruz will now be sidelined until at least May 19. 

Texas is now without their best hitter (Josh Hamilton) and arguably their second best hitter in Cruz. 

Cruz has struggled a bit this year, though. Through 105 at bats, Cruz is hitting just .219/.303/.438 with seven home runs and 18 runs batted in. 

Craig Gentry has been recalled from AAA Round Rock to take Cruz' spot on the active roster. 

Should Cruz return when he is eligible to return, it will be in time for interleague play as the Rangers head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies on May 20. Cruz will miss the remainder of this weekend's series with the Yankees, as well as series' against the A's, White Sox, Angels and Royals

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