The Texas Rangers have extended the rehabilitation assignment for outfielder Nelson Cruz.
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Though the Rangers had anticipated Cruz possibly being activated from the disabled list Friday, he will instead go to Triple-A Round Rock with reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton.
Cruz, rehabbing a strained right quadriceps muscle, was 2 for 11 in three games for Double-A Frisco this week. He took batting practice and worked out again Thursday with the RoughRiders, but didn’t play Thursday night.
Hamilton finished a two-game stint as the designated hitter at Frisco by going 0 for 3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored Thursday night. He was 2 for 4 on Wednesday with a two-run homer.
After Thursday night’s game, the Rangers said Hamilton is scheduled to be the DH at Round Rock for a three-game series this weekend.
The Rangers, who open interleague play this weekend at Philadelphia, open a six-game homestand Monday night.