Nelson Cruz aiming to rejoin the Rangers on Monday

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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.

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.