The Rangers have mapped out a plan for the return of outfielder Nelson Cruz, or so says Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Cruz, 29, got off to a ferocious start this season, posting a .319 batting average, a .758 slugging percentage and seven home runs in 62 at-bats before suffering a hamstring strain. The Rangers are obviously hoping he will jump right back on track once activated. Cruz will be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment and could be back with the Rangers as soon as Friday.
The slugger is eligible to return form the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, but the first-place Rangers would rather not rush him and risk further injury to the testy hamstring.