Nelson Cruz doesn't like taking days off, so he wasn't the happiest guy in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse Wednesday afternoon. The right fielder was not in the lineup for the second of three games against the Los Angeles Angels after manager Ron Washington decided that Cruz just needed a day. That usually means that Washington wants to give a player who is slumping a chance to watch a game and recharge his mind. And Cruz is slumping at .162 (6 for 37) in his past 10 games. He went 0 for 5 on Tuesday and was the only Rangers player who failed to reach base in a 7-0 victory, their 12th straight. Cruz called it simply a bad game in which he got pitches to hit but didn't do anything with them. "I'm seeing the ball well," said Cruz, who is hitting .241. "I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. It's part of the game. You've got to be prepared for that." Cruz is not a candidate to be replaced in the lineup or start sharing time with another player, Washington said. Cruz is hitting almost 80 points below last season and will have to grind for whatever he can get.
Texas Rangers give Nelson Cruz unwelcome day off
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jul 21