After six excruciating weeks, the Rangers' powerful lineup is about to become whole again.
Outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz will be activated from the disabled list on Monday. Hamilton has been out since suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right arm on April 12. Cruz has missed the last 18 days with a quadriceps injury.
Both completed rehab assignments over the weekend with Class AAA Round Rock. Both hit homers while they were there. Cruz actually finished a week-long stint, split between Class AA Frisco and Round Rock, with home runs in three consecutive games.
"We can bring some heavy bats," Cruz said. "It's good that our pitchers are going deep into games. We need a little more offense. This should be good."
The Rangers are 9-2 with 5.8 runs per game with Cruz and Hamilton together in the lineup. In the last 17 games, with Cruz and Hamilton both on the disabled list, the Rangers went 8-9 with 3.3 runs per game.
"We want to get back to the point where everybody is healthy, and we're the team that started the season," said Hamilton, who went 2-for-11 with one homer in three games over the weekend after two games at Frisco. "We all love playing with each other. Having everybody together will be special."
The Rangers are expected to use Hamilton at DH for the first couple of games, while Cruz will go immediately into the field, most likely in left field.
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