Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was activated from the 15-day disabled list back on Tuesday, but he hasn’t started a game for Texas since and that isn’t expected to change until Saturday or Sunday.
This according to Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas.
Cruz was on the disabled list for just over two weeks with a hamstring strain. He’s healthy now, but the Rangers currently hold a three-game lead over the Angels in the American League West standings and will use that cushion to their advantage by giving their injury-prone right fielder a bit of extra rest.
Cruz, 31, has batted .270/.321/.530 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI in 114 games this season.
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.
Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.