Monday, May 16, 2011
Nelson Cruz doubles in first rehab game
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double and a walk Monday as he started a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco.
Cruz, out since May 4 with a strained right quadriceps, is expected to join the Rangers on Friday in Philadelphia.
Cruz was the designated hitter in the No. 3 spot in the RoughRiders' 3-2 win over the Midland Rockhounds at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Highly touted pitching prospect Martin Perez struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings for Frisco, but he lost his shutout by allowing two runs in the eighth. It was the first time Perez worked into the eighth inning in his pro career.
Cuban defector Leonys Martin, batting leadoff and playing center field, went 1-for-3 with a walk for Frisco.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth and the RoughRiders down 2-0, Cruz's double to left field knocked in Martin, who had walked to start the inning.
With Cruz at second, Tommy Mendonca belted his 10th home run to give the Riders a 3-2 lead.