ARLINGTON, Texas — The AL West-leading Rangers suffered a setback as slugging RF Nelson Cruz is expected to miss about three weeks with another hamstring injury.
The team said an MRI exam Monday revealed a Grade 1 strain of Cruz's left hamstring. He will get an injection from team physician Keith Meister that is intended to stimulate healing.
Cruz was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Rangers open a three-game series with the Rays tonight.
Cruz got hurt when running out a double in Sunday night's 9-5 victory over the second-place Angels.
Cruz missed 51 games over three DL stints last season with hamstring issues. He was on the DL for 17 games this season because of a strained right quadriceps muscle.
In 113 games this season, Cruz is hitting .270 with a .322 on-base percentage and .521 slugging percentage.
LINER HITS BOY: A young fan was hurt when he was hit in the face with a line drive during the doubleheader opener between the Marlins and Mets.
Florida 3B Greg Dobbs’ ninth-inning liner hit the boy, who was in the rightfield seats, just beyond the New York dugout. Stadium medical workers tended to the boy, who was bleeding heavily. Accompanied by his mother, he was carted away in a wheelchair after the game and taken under the stands to an ambulance.
After the game, Mets 2B Justin Turner waited for the boy by the railing and gave him his jersey. New York manager Terry Collins also came over, and Dobbs gave the boy a bat.
BLUE JAYS: Manager John Farrell continues to be weakened by pneumonia and will not accompany his team for a three-game series in Baltimore that begins tonight. … LHP Brian Tallet was activated off the 15-day disabled list about 10 weeks after he hurt his right ribcage with a hard sneeze. … Closer Jon Rauch, who had an emergency appendectomy Aug. 16, was cleared to throw a simulated game today and could be activated from the disabled list Thursday.
DODGERS: All-Star RF Andre Ethier was back in the lineup a day after being held out because of a sore right knee that will require surgery but apparently not until after the season.
INDIANS: INF Jason Donald was scratched from the lineup because of a bruised right index finger.
METS: SS Jose Reyes was activated from the disabled list and started in the doubleheader nightcap. … 1B Ike Davis, out since May 10 with ligament damage in his left ankle, appears likely to avoid microfracture surgery and expects to be ready for spring training.
NATIONALS: RHP Stephen Strasburg, dominant in his most recent rehab outing Saturday, will make at least one more minor-league start before returning to the majors.
REDS: Former first-round pick Yonder Alonso made his first career start at third base. The club has struggled to find a role for Alonso, a first baseman in the minors who is blocked there by reigning NL MVP Joey Votto. Alonso struggled in leftfield this month.
TIGERS: LF Brennan Boesch sat out for a fifth straight game with a partially torn ligament in his right thumb but is hoping to put off surgery until after the season.
YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi said that 3B Alex Rodriguez, hampered the past week by a jammed left thumb, is "really questionable" to play in the three-game series against the Red Sox that begins today. An MRI exam was negative. … SS Derek Jeter didn't start because of a bruised right knee but was available off the bench.