The Texas Rangers are trying to make the playoffs with out one of their leading bats, Nelson Cruz, after Major League Baseball suspended him for 50 games for his part in the Biogenesis scandal.
The Rangers currently sit at 63-50 and 2 games behind the Oakland Athletics for first place in the division. As of right now they’d be one of the two Wild Card teams, but only have a .5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians, and a 1.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles.
If the Rangers make the playoffs they could certainly use Nelson Cruz back in the line up, but that will only happen if it’s acceptable to the guys he really let down, his teammates.
“We really want to see how this plays out, most importantly with his teammates,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, via ESPN Dallas. “Not giving specifics, but there have been other scenarios where because of how it was handled, the player was not welcomed back first and foremost with the clubhouse. That’s something we want to see.”
“Assuming that there’s not any other information that we’re not yet aware of and if his teammates welcome him back and Nellie handles this well, which I expect he probably will, then we’re open to it.”