ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who has a history of hamstring injuries, strained his left hamstring while rounding first base on a double in the sixth inning of Sunday's 9-5 win against the Angels.Cruz appeared to take a short misstep as he was preparing to go around the base and head toward second as his fly ball rolled away from Angels right fielder Torii Hunter. He could miss significant time. "He's got a hamstring -- that means time," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Cruz was on the disabled list three times last season with strained hamstrings, including twice in the left leg. On two of those three trips, Cruz returned within two weeks of the injury. In the third, he missed a month.
On his trip to second base, Cruz favored his leg and jogged slowly, with a visible grimace on his face."When I first hurt it, I thought it was bad," Cruz said. "I put ice on it and it's definitely much better. When I get up tomorrow, I will really know how I feel." The Rangers plan to give Cruz an MRI on Monday. Cruz's hamstring injury could affect the team's decision on how to handle Adrian Beltre's return from his strained left hamstring. If Cruz is out, the Rangers may decide to have Beltre skip his rehab assignment that was set to begin Monday and come straight to the big league team. The club had made no decision, but was planning on evaluating its options soon.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.