Nelson Cruz serving a 50-game suspension through the end of the regular season for using performance-enhancing drugs began working out at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise Ariz. on Wednesday. He is a strong candidate to make the postseason roster should the Rangers get that far.

Cruz went through full defensive drills and batting practice with the players who are on injury rehab and will continue workouts on Thursday.

Cruz the team’s leader in RBIs and home runs at the time of his suspension will play in instructional league games which begin Sept. 18.