Minneapolis, Minn. – The Texas Rangers announced prior to tonight’s game that the club has placed outfielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to yesterday, with a strained left hamstring. To take his place on the 25-man roster, the club has recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Oklahoma City (). Gentry (#23) will be in uniform for tonight’s series finale at Target Field.
This will be the second stint on the disabled list for Cruz this season, also out from April 27-May 13 with a strained right hamstring. He has batted .327 with 10 home runs and 34 over 32 games for Texas this season, ranking second on the club in homers and despite having missed two weeks due to his prior injury. He suffered the current hamstring strain on the final play of the game Wednesday at Kansas City.
Cruz has batted .333 (15-45) with 16 in 13 games since being activated from his first disabled list stint. His last appearance came as a pinch-hitter on Friday. He was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday, and had the third-highest vote total among A.L. outfielders in the first All-Star balloting update released that same day. Cruz ranks tied for 10th in the league in both home runs and this season.
Gentry, 26, was also with the Rangers from April 27-May 14, batting .214 (3-14) in 9 games/4 starts for Texas this season. He has spent the rest of the season with the RedHawks, batting .266 (25-94) with 2 home runs and 15 in 27 games at Triple-A. He went 1-for-4 in his last game on Thursday at Tacoma. Gentry has gone 7-for-8 in steal attempts in the Pacific Coast League this year. His last game with Texas was a start in center field on May 14 at Toronto.
With these moves, the Rangers still have 39 players on the club’s 40-man roster.