Rangers activate Nelson Cruz but hold him out of lineup

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The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz after a minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list Tuesday, but it’s safe to say they wouldn’t have done so if not for the September 40-man rosters.

Manager Ron Washington made it clear to the Dallas Morning News that Cruz’s hamstring isn’t yet 100 percent, and he’s expected to be limited to pinch-hitting duties for now.

“Today is the 15th day,” Washington said. “I’m not a hamstring guy that believes you come right off on the 15th day. We’re just going to have to give him some more days.”

So, essentially, Cruz was activated because there was no reason not to activate him.

The Rangers also activated reliever Darren O’Day after he was on the shelf for three weeks with right shoulder inflammation.  He’ll be available immediately, but he’s not expected to pitch in close games for the time being.  He’s probably a long shot to make the postseason roster should the Rangers win the AL West.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.