ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz was hit in the side as he slid into second base in the eighth inning against the Angels. Cruz tried to turn a hit down the right-field line into a double, but the ball bounced off the wall and right to Torii Hunter, who made a terrific throw to second to get Cruz.
As Cruz slid into the bag, Erick Aybar caught the ball and made the tag. Aybar's leg hit Cruz's side and it took the outfielder some time to get up. Rangers manager Ron Washington and the trainer checked on him, and Cruz stayed in the game.
"He's fine," Washington said. "Aybar blocked him off the bag and kneed him to the side."
Washington said it wasn't anything to do with Cruz's hamstrings or other parts of his body that have had issues.
Cruz is starting to heat up at the plate. He had three hits Friday and a sacrifice fly, one day after two hits and two RBIs in the series-finale against the A's. Cruz's home run Friday, a solo shot in the seventh, ended a 21-game homerless drought. It would be big for this lineup if Cruz is able to find his power in the last handful of games going into the postseason.