Rangers All-Star OF Nelson Cruz(notes), out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a fractured right ring finger, took some swings before the game and said he was feeling better. He could be back in the lineup Wednesday
Cruz said he felt better than he did Sunday, but he still feels pain when he makes contact with a pitch. "Maybe tomorrow," Cruz said. "Right now, I cannot grab a bat well because it's so swollen." Teammate Michael Young suffered a similar injury last year and warned Cruz that the pain will not go away anytime soon. Young's batting average dropped off after his injury last year, so we'll keep a careful eye on Cruz to see if this injury becomes a long-term problem.