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Cruz won't return from quad injury before Saturday

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Roster Report · Cruz won't return from quad injury before Saturday · Notes, Quotes

The Rangers may not get reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton back for another month, but they are hopeful of having Nelson Cruz back in action before the weekend is out.

Cruz ran on the field some Thursday before the Rangers' 3-1 loss at Seattle, but he will remain out of the Rangers' lineup until at least Saturday, manager Ron Washington said.

Cruz, dealing with a tight right quadriceps, said he is feeling significantly better after leaving Tuesday's game with the injury. Cruz, however, has a history of lingering soft-tissue injuries, and the Rangers don't want to chance anything.

Washington said there are two factors in his decision to give Cruz at least two more days off: the cool weather in Seattle, which could make it more difficult for Cruz to get the muscle loose, and the Rangers' late arrival to Arlington on Friday, which could leave him fatigued heading into the game. A fatigued body is a weakened body.

"If I'm not going to play him in this weather, I'm certainly not going to play him with this travel schedule," Washington said.

Cruz said he ran at about 70 or 80 percent Thursday afternoon.

Cruz had three trips to the disabled list last year due to a hamstring injury that he initially tried to play through. He said, however, all tests on this injury reveal that he has far more strength in the area.

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