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Rangers OF Cruz leaves game

Posted on: October 20, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:31 am
Nelson Cruz
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, the team's top hitter this postseason, was forced to leave Game 5 after the fourth inning Wednesday with tightness in his left hamstring. He was replaced by David Murphy.

Cruz has had hamstring issues three separate times this season and gone on the disabled list twice, most recently in August. That was due to the left hamstring. The Rangers are calling it day-to-day, so it's nothing as serious as the hamstring strain that knocked Mark Teixeira out for the season in Tuesday night's game.

Cruz, batting .378, had hits in all 10 of the Rangers' postseason games, including a double Wednesday. He and Elvis Andrus became the ninth and 10th players in history to collect hits in each of their first 10 career postseason games.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Cruz tells reporters he'll be ready for Game 6 (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ).

"I feel good right now," said Cruz. "It's just tight. [Ron Washington] said he didn't want to take any chances, so he shut me down."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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