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Nelson Cruz continues to make progress

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz says he isn't trying to push his strained left hamstring, but is slowly ramping things up in his attempt to return for the final few weeks of the season and the playoffs.

He did some sprints at about 60 to 70 percent on Tuesday and will try to do a little more this weekend in Arlington.

"He's coming along quicker than we thought," Washington said. "He did a little running. We certainly didn't expect him to be where he is right now. He's already taking BP."

There are no plans for Cruz to run the bases until he can start sprinting at higher speeds. Running the bases is the final hurdle before going out on a rehab assignment. He could join Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco if they are still in the playoffs when he's ready to take some swings.

Cruz admits that he still has some nerves in regards to the hamstring.

"It's there because you've got issues and you've got to run enough to build confidence," Cruz said. "But I feel good."