He’s coming back … again.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list for a third time this season with a hamstring injury, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday at Double-A Frisco. This according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas.
Cruz will play four games with Frisco and then rejoin the Rangers on Monday, the first day he’s eligible, in Kansas City.
The slugger has hit .320/.381/.587 this season, but a run of hamstring injuries has limited him to 281 at-bats and 77 games. Still, he has 16 home runs and 64 RBI.
The Rangers currently own an eight-game lead in the American League West and appear likely to lock up a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1999. Having Cruz back in the lineup and healthy will obviously help that cause.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.