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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two key members of the Texas Rangers left Tuesday's exhibitions after sustaining bruises that put their status for the two-time defending American League champions' Friday Opening Day in some doubt.Outfielder Nelson Cruz, the ALCS MVP last season, suffered a bruised left elbow when he was hit by a pitch in the third inning of the 13-4 win over the Mexico City Diablos Rojos. X-rays were negative, but there is some swelling above the elbow.
Setup man Mike Adams suffered a bruised left calf when he was hit by a line drive in the eighth inning. There is significant discoloring in the calf, and Adams was walking gingerly in the clubhouse after the game.
Cruz and Adams are both listed as day to day.
"I should be good to go," said Cruz, who planned to sit out Wednesday's exhibition finale, continue getting treatment Thursday and be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Adams, who had never been hit by a ball up the middle in his professional career, isn't as confident about his availability for the season opener.
"It squared me up pretty good," said Adams, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a deadline deal to solidify the Texas bullpen last season. "It got me in probably the best place possible to get hit. It didn't hit a bone. It hit straight calf. It'll be bruised a little bit and move on."
Cruz and Adams didn't have impressive springs statistically, but neither was concerned about their Cactus League performances.
Cruz, who is known as "Boomstick" because of his power, hit .236 with only one home run in 55 Cactus League at-bats. He also dealt with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch from Kansas City's Luke Hochevar on Wednesday night. However, Cruz said he feels fine at the plate.
"Once the season starts, he could be a different animal," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He's got a track record. We'll have to trust it."
Adams allowed five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 Cactus League innings but said he liked his stuff and mechanics during the spring.
"Before tonight, I felt great," Adams said. "I was completely happy with where I was at. After tonight, I'm just curious to see the reaction (of his calf) in the next few days."