ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz continues to progress in recovering from a left hamstring strain that put him on the disabled list Aug. 29.
Cruz ran hard on the treadmill, rode a stationary bike and took batting practice for the second consecutive day Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Cruz said the hamstring has felt good the past few days, and he will run the bases when the team returns home this weekend.
"I didn't feel anything," Cruz said. "I'm taking it day by day."
Cruz is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. He could go on a medical rehabilitation assignment before that, joining either Triple A Round Rock or Double A Frisco, assuming both are still in their minor league playoffs.
And, while David Murphy has softened the loss of Cruz, he is still a critical piece down the stretch.
"We miss Cruz," manager Ron Washington said. "He can be a big difference. Although Murphy has done a good job, he's not Nelson Cruz."
Cruz leads the team with 28 home runs, and is second with 84 RBIs.
Too many walks
Derek Holland knows that walks are what hurt him the most in his poor outings. He walked two in his two-thirds of an inning start on July 2. He walked two in 31/3 innings against the White Sox on Aug. 21.
"I'm upset with the amount of walks I've given up," said Holland, who has issued 57 in 28 starts. "There's nothing like giving up a free base because it's not helping the team in any way."
Holland showed signs of getting past that in his last start, tthrowing seven scoreless innings with no walks against the Red Sox on Friday. He hopes to continue that trend today against the Rays.
Instincts took Mitch Moreland to first base on a double play ball to end the fourth inning on Monday, setting up a reverse double play that allowed the Rays to score an additional run. In hindsight, Moreland should have thrown it to second, and gone for a 3-6-3 double play, which would have canceled the Rays' run.
But Moreland rebounded with a nice defensive play in the fifth, getting the lead runner at third on a grounder.
"We talked about that type of play before the game," Moreland said. "They hit the ball right to me, and it worked out well."
Treanor to start?
Ron Washington hinted that catcher Matt Treanor could get his first start today since joining the Rangers in a trade last week. The Rays have left-hander David Price starting, and Washington will go with his traditional lineup against left-handers, including playing Mike Napoli at first base and Craig Gentry in center field.
"You might see Matt in there," Washington said.
The following game times were announced: Saturday's game vs. Oakland will be at 3:11 p.m. on KDFW/4; Sept. 14 vs. Cleveland will be at 6:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest; Sept. 17 at Seattle will be at 6:10 p.m. on FSSW.
The Rangers' seven minor league teams finished with a composite winning percentage of .565, best among major league teams.
Right-hander Tim Wood cleared waivers, and was outrighted to Triple A Round Rock.
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