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Nelson Cruz exits with hamstring strain

8/29/2011 - MLB Nelson Cruz Texas Rangers + more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz came out of Sunday's 9-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels with a strained left hamstring. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. Cruz pulled up just after rounding the first-base bag on a double to lead off the sixth inning.

Manager Ron Washington immediately came out of the dugout, and
Cruz was already walking that way before the manager even got to
him.

When asked after the game if he was optimistic about Cruz, Washington responded, "He's got a hamstring, so you know what that means -- time."

When he first came off the field, Cruz said he thought it was serious.

"But after I got treatment and put some ice on it, it didn't feel as bad," Cruz said. "It felt more normal. Hopefully, it's not bad and I'm back soon."

Cruz will get an MRI on Monday. He had a strained hamstring three times last year and he went on the disabled list all three times (twice with left hamstring strains), missing a total of 51 games in 2010.

Cruz has already been on the DL this year with a strained right quadriceps muscle that kept him out for a few weeks in May.

"It doesn't feel as bad," Cruz said. "Last year, it would still feel pretty bad even with the treatment. That's not how it felt tonight."

Last season, Cruz strained his right hamstring in April, his left one in late May and again in mid-August. Cruz worked this offseason on his running style to try to combat the leg issues.

Cruz is hitting .270 with 28 homers and 84 RBIs this season. He leads the club in homers and is second to Michael Young in RBIs.

The injury comes at a time when the Rangers appear ready to finally get fully healthy. Adrian Beltre is slated to start a rehab assignment on Monday and could be back in the Rangers lineup later this week. He has been on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain since July 23.

Beltre, who aggravated the injury Aug. 6 when rounding first base
during a running session, says he's "good enough to play" and would rather not go
on a rehab assignment. It will be his first rehab assignment since
2001.

Before getting hurt, Beltre hit .276 with 20 homers and 76 RBIs
in 100 games.

Infielder Andres Blanco, on the disabled list for the second
time with back issues, also will start rehab with Round Rock in
Omaha, Neb., on Monday.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.