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Report: Washington says Nelson Cruz on roster if Rangers make playoffs

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is of course presently serving a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, and that suspension will end when the regular season does. As such, Cruz will be eligible for the playoffs should the Rangers, who presently have, by a narrow margin, the best record in the American League, make it that far.

On that front, here's this tweet from Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News:

It's worth noting that Rangers GM Jon Daniels, according to Evan Grant of the Morning News, was less emphatic, saying that team is "going to keep all [their] options open" with regard to Cruz's postseason status.

Still, it's within the rules to have Cruz, who's batting .269/.330/.511 this season, on the playoff roster, and in a sense the Rangers would be derelict in their duties not to have him on the playoff roster. The goal, after all, is not to make self-defeating moral statements over and above the sanctioned punishments; the goal is to win the World Series.

It's also worth noting that Cruz was back at Arlington on Friday for the first time since the suspensions were announced. As CBS DFW reports, Cruz publicly apologized to the fans, the Rangers and all of MLB.

While Cruz was at the ballpark, he also took some cuts ...

The next step for Cruz is to train with the Rangers' instructional-league team in Arizona for the month of September, with an assumed goal of rounding into form in time for the playoffs.

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