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I saw some Nelson Cruz talk in the media today. Initial speculation when he accepted his suspension was the Rangers wouldn't bring him back for the playoffs. Now the word is the Rangers are making efforts to get him prepared for a return.
From an article at NBC Sports: "Suspended Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz recently spent three days working out at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic. Club officials are trying to put together a plan for him to work out briefly with the major league club before he heads to the club’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz."
Anyone know to what extent the suspension limits Cruz's participation with the club? And if the limitations are extensive, can Cruz be considered prepared and reliable enough to put him on the playoff roster when the time comes?
Worry about making your house payment. The Rangers know what they're doing.
That was quick, JD. Thanks for the reply. Anyone else, please?
I say we Cruz! I don't know exactly the rules but he can use team facilities on occasions--but must be gone so many hours before game time etc.My impression is that the players and the skipper want him back
I think we need Cruz come playoff time because we need to have another power bat, and we all know how great Cruz has been in the postseason. His 50 game suspension will be up so he should be eligible to come back.
Of course he will be eligible-it was in all the papers ad nauseum.
ARLINGTON - The Rangers remain non-committal about whether Nelson Cruz will be on their playoff roster – if they make the playoffs – but it appears both sides are taking every step to get him as ready as possible to contribute when his 50-game suspension ends at the conclusion of the regular season.
Cruz took part in early batting practice on Friday and will do so through the weekend. He will remain in Texas for the early portion of next week and then travel to Arizona to work out at the Rangers spring training facility and with the Arizona Instructional League team. The official report date for the Instructional League team is Sept. 13 and the games begin on Sept. 18. The Rangers have discussed the possibility of asking some more advanced minor leaguers to go to Arizona to throw to Cruz, but have not made any final decisions. The Rangers approached Cruz shortly after he started serving his suspension about coming to Arlington to work with the team.
Asked if the team was preparing for Cruz to return for the playoffs, general manager Jon Daniels demurred.
“I think we’re going to keep all our options open,” he said. “But we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. First of all, we’ve got to make the playoffs.”
The intrigue has me intrigued.
More on the Cruz dilemma for anyone interested.
no brainer-he plays
Don't be so sure, JD. 50/50, best we know. Will the Rangers lower themselves to welcoming back a cheater? Even if they're willing to, what's the value of a player that hasn't played in several months? You want to take a chance on getting him back up to speed in the win-or-go-home playoffs? Big risk.
At best, I could see him making the playoff roster but used as a pinch hitter initially, if ever more than that.
I see you are hoping yourself him making the playoff roster. That only makes me understand why you have tossed up this topic thread.
IMO Cruz is a key man who would help pave the way for Rangers to grab the title generally called WS.
Magic 8 ball says--"all signs point to yes"
of course he plays. he is well liked. it would be like coming off the disabled list. he is a ranger and would be welcomed back. what's the value of harrison or lewis if they came back? you guys need to think. get your head outta your asses.
Alex Rios is not very good. David Murphy is not even a real major league baseball player - he pretty much sucks at all aspects of the game. If they don't use Cruz who are they going to use? One of those two clowns? What a silly post.
i got your nenesis.
Sit back and watch, boys. i think you underestimate the FO's integrity along with the Ranger players' willingness to welcome back an admitted cheater. I also think you overestimate Cruz's expected effectiveness once he returns. The playoffs are no time to see if he's ready to play again or not.
We'll see. The intrigue itself makes the discussion worthwhile.
you're an idiot if you think cruz is not on the playoff roster
Thanks, JD. You're the idiot for thinking Cruz coming back is a done-deal. MLB has yet to approve it. Just because the 50 game suspension will have been served does not yet mean he'll be allowed a playoff return. Cabrera did not make a return to the playoffs with the Giants last year after his 50-game suspension. But not much was said about it by either the Giants or MLB. So whose decision was it, really? Cruz may suffer the same fate.
Sit back and watch, boys. Nothing's certain at this point.
GOOD LORD! Really sandwisc h . I feel so uncomfortable siding with JD.Ron Wash has publicly stated that Cruz will be on the playoff roster--if the Rangers advance.Nelson Cruz has been an integral member of this team for 7 years. The players support him.MLB has said that he is eligible to return.Melky was a whole different situation.
Terry C, you may be right. But again, despite Wash proclaiming he'd welcome Cruz back does not make it a done deal. I doubt it's Wash's decision and he may have no say in the matter whatsoever. You say the players support Cruz? To the media, yes. They have to show support given the possibility Cruz does return. But I find it odd given that 3/4 of all of MLB players polled are against drug users being allowed back in the game. So what are the Ranger players really saying behind the scenes and amongst themselves?
I'm not saying Cruz won't be back for the playoffs, but there are many more considerations in the matter than simply "We need his bat."
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington appeared on KRLD-FM last week to talk about the season.
On if Nelson Cruz will be back for the postseason:
"I think the club has already expressed to Nelson that we would love to have him back. We have to do everything we can to make sure that he’s in the best shape he can possibly be in to help us when that time comes. So it’s a no-brainer. Yes we will have Nelson Cruz back — that’s my opinion."
That's the most definitive comment I've seen/heard from the club. Wash even used the "no-brainer" phrase JD threw out here. Strong language, except for the "that's my opinion" qualifier at the end.
It's still not a done deal, but much better than a 50/50 proposition I'd agree.
Say what! So- do you have like a one week delay on your radio or something?
Yeah, yeah. I knew that was coming. I missed that bit of news earlier.
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