No, the Rangers aren’t telling Nelson Cruz to stay home in October

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A couple of weeks ago Pedro Gomez passed along some word he was hearing that it was “highly unlikely” that the Rangers would activate Nelson Cruz for the postseason, choosing instead to exile him, Melky Cabrera-style.  In his notes column today Ken Rosenthal reports that, no, that’s not the plan:

Suspended Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz recently spent three days working out at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic. Club officials are trying to put together a plan for him to work out briefly with the major league club before he heads to the club’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz.

As Rosenthal writes, Cruz would be nothing but a plus for the Rangers if they make the playoffs and it would be hard to accept that they’ve decided not to use him once he becomes eligible.

I figure that Gomez talked to some people who were still stinging about the suspension and were talking big about not bringing Cruz back. It sounds like now, however, reason is overtaking emotion.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.