Aug 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz (17) warms up in the on deck circle against the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at O.Co Coliseum. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers want Nelson Cruz back


The Texas Rangers season took a hit when slugger Nelson Cruz was suspended 50 games for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. After today’s game his suspension is over and he is eligible to return. There has been some debate about whether the Rangers would want Cruz back for the playoffs or not.

“Why wouldn’t we welcome him back?” left-hander Derek Holland said, via ESPN Dallas. “He’s done a lot of great things for us. He’s a part of this team. That’s my opinion. This is a family, and he’s like a big brother to us.”

A part of the Rangers struggle has been the lack of offense, Cruz carries a big bat and could help out. If not in the field, definitely as the designated hitter.

“That would be a really, really great add for us,” short stop Elvis Andrus said. “We know he’s hitting the ball. He’s a bat you have to use. We know the way he gets hot every time we get to the postseason. He’s a big bat for us. Mentally, he’ll be ready.”

“He made a mistake and he accepted it like a man, like a human being,” Andrus said. “We know he did something wrong. He paid for that and he wants to start brand new. We love him. He’s part of our family and we need him in the lineup. We’ll welcome him and he knows it.”

The Rangers front office hasn’t decided yet however.

“We’re waiting to unveil our thoughts on that,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said.

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