Cruz still hurting; roster move pending
Nelson Cruz tried to test his sprained left ankle on Thursday morning simply by playing catch before the Rangers game with the Athletics.
It did not go well. The swelling has subsided but there is still pain and stiffness in the ankle. The Rangers may be forced to put him on the disabled list.
He was hoping to play during the three-game series against the Angels but that’s not looking good.
The Rangers are planning some kind of roster move and they could add Brandon Boggs after Thursday’s game. He would replace reliever Doug Mathis if the Rangers decide to go back to seven relievers. Julio Borbon is another possibility.
Manager Ron Washington is down to a three-man bench, including Cruz who can’t play. He had Elvis Andrus and Taylor Teagarden on the bench Thursday with Esteban German starting at second and Omar Vizquel at shortstop.
Washington had no pinch-hitters on Wednesday night in the ninth inning when, down by two runs, the Rangers had Teagarden, Andrus and Vizquel facing Oakland closer Andrew Bailey.
“We’ve got to get back to full strength,” Washington said. “We don’t have enough bench.”