Nelson Cruz activated; Boggs to Triple-A

KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have activated Nelson Cruz off the disabled list, as expected. To make room for him, they've optioned outfielder Brandon Boggs to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The club has also recalled outfielder Craig Gentry and placed him on the 15-day disabled list. He broke his wrist a few weeks ago, but if he heals OK, he could be a valuable pinch runner late in games. He's another DL player on the roster as well, which is one more spot the Rangers would have in terms of a pool of players to choose from for the postseason.

Cruz is hitting .320 with 16 homers and 64 RBI in 77 games for the Rangers this season. He has missed more than one-third of the season with three different disabled list stints, all for hamstring issues. He's returning from a strained right hamstring suffered while running the bases Aug. 14 against the Red Sox.

Cruz was 4-for-11 with a double a walk and an RBI in three rehab games for Double-A Frisco last week. He has reached base safely in 29 of his last 30 games for the Rangers entering tonight's game.