According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Red Sox with tightness in his left hamstring.
Hamstring injuries are never good — minor or not — but it’s even worse when Cruz is the man ailing. He’s already spent two extended stints on the disabled list this season with hamstring troubles and could need another trip if a strain is revealed when he is reexamined on Sunday morning.
Cruz has been a monster at the plate this season when healthy and currently boasts a .320/.381/.587 batting line, 16 homers and 64 RBI. But he’s tallied just 287 at-bats while most other regulars are nearing 450. With Vladimir Guerrero also struggling at the dish, the Rangers may have to whether a serious storm in the remaining weeks of August.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have picked up free agent left-hander Martín Pérez on a one-year contract. The deal is for $3.5 million, according to additional information from Jon Heyman of Fancred, and it looks like a club option is included for the 2020 season. The Twins have not officially confirmed the signing.
Pérez, 27, missed 85 days of the Rangers’ 2018 campaign after undergoing elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm. He sustained the injury partway through the 2017 offseason; as the story goes, he was charged by a bull at his ranch in Venezuela and fell on his right arm as he was trying to get out of the animal’s path. (He later killed and ate said bull.) When he finally returned to the mound, he cobbled together a 2-7 record in 15 starts with a 6.22 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 5.5 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR through 85 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.
As they approach the start of the 2019 season, the Twins will be looking for something a little more, well, bullish from Pérez. Prior to his injury, he turned in two solid seasons with the Rangers in 2016 and 2017, nearing the 200-inning threshold in both campaigns and providing a combined value of 4.2 fWAR at a time when Texas’ starters collectively ranked sixth-worst in the league.