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.