Nelson Cruz leaves with left elbow contusion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- What initially appeared to be a ninth-inning defensive switch turned out to be a left elbow contusion for Nelson Cruz stemming from getting hit by a James Shields curveball in the fifth inning.

X-rays were negative and there was no indication from the club regarding Cruz's availability for Wednesday's series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cruz seemed to actually allow the 2-2 pitch to hit him as he led off the inning. He was clearly stung at the time and was checked out by Rangers head athletic trainer Jamie Reed before making his way to first base. He remained in the game until the top of the ninth when Craig Gentry checked into center field, which moved Josh Hamilton to left and David Murphy into Cruz's spot in right field.