Monday, August 11, 2008

OF Nelson Cruz Poised for Promotion to Rangers

Look for the Rangers to promote outfielder Nelson Cruz -- who has been hammering minor league pitching at Triple A Oklahoma City -- if Brandon Boggs misses significant time due to problems with his throwing motion.

Cruz -- who failed to impress during earlier big-league opportunities -- has finally begun to figure out Pacific League pitching with a .344 average, 37 homers and 98 RBI in 366 at-bats with the RedHawks, swamping the productivity of such teammates as veteran Kevin Mench and former No. 19 overall pick John Mayberry Jr.

Boggs may be forced to the disabled list if pain in his shoulder continues to persist, hampering his ability to reach home plate, third base and cutoff men on throws from the outfield. A decision likely will come within days.

Boggs has been undergoing rehabilitative drills as the team prepares to face the Red Sox in a three-game tilt this week.