Nelson Cruz exits after being hit by pitch


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nelson Cruz left Tuesday's exhibition game after being hit by a pitch in the left elbow.

The Rangers announced that X-rays were negative and Cruz has a bruised elbow. He is listed as day-to-day.

Cruz, the ALCS MVP last season, was clearly in pain after being hit by Mexico City Diablos Rojos starter Rolando Valdez's fast ball in the bottom of the third. After doubling over and wincing in pain, Cruz walked to first base, flanked by manager Ron Washington and head athletic trainer Jamie Reed. He immediately headed to the dugout after touching the base.

It had already been a rough spring for Cruz. The outfielder known as "Boomstick" hit .236 with only one home run in 55 Cactus League at-bats. Cruz was also hit by a pitch last week, suffering a bruised right hand when he was plunked by Kansas City's Luke Hochevar on Wednesday night.