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Report: Rangers to activate Cruz on Monday

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The Texas Rangers will activate outfielder Nelson Cruz in time to play in Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB.com reported.

Cruz finished serving his 50-game suspension handed down for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

It's unclear what role Cruz might play in Monday's game, which is a playoff to determine the second wild-card team in the American League after the Rangers and Rays finished the regular season tied.

Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said the decision about whether Cruz will be in the starting lineup will be left to manager Ron Washington.

"We're playing really good baseball, and the guys are excited," Cruz said, according to MLB.com. "I'm excited, and I'm happy to be back and be with my teammates and play the game that I love."

Cruz is batting .269 with 27 homers, and he has not played in a game for the Rangers since Aug. 4.

The Rangers acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox on August 9 to take his place.
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