Texas Rangers outfielders Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton completed their minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignments on Sunday by going the distance in Triple-A Round Rock's 17-10 loss to Colorado Springs. Each player had five plate appearances in the game that lasted three hours and 24 minutes. Cruz, who has been on the disabled list because of a strained quadriceps muscle, also played the full game in right field. He was on his feet for the entire ninth innings, when Colorado Springs scored eight runs against three Round Rock pitchers. "I felt like I was standing out there forever," Cruz said of the final inning. "That tested my legs. I felt good." Cruz homered for the third consecutive games. After going 1-for-8 with Double-A Frisco early last week, Cruz was 5-for-11 with three homers at Round Rock. Hamilton went 2-for-11 with one homer at Round Rock. In the finale, the only day games of entire rehab assignment, Hamilton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. "I did a lot better than I thought I would,'' said Hamilton, a career .257 hitter in day games and .330 hitter in night games. "I thought I might strike out every time.''
Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton have full game on final day of rehab
Dallas Morning News | May 23