Nelson Cruz plans to play in Game 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said Thursday that his left hamstring feels fine and he expects to play in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

Cruz said the hamstring doesn't bother him when he walks around, like the previous three times he was on the disabled list with hamstring issues in 2010. He caught fly balls and took batting practice during Thursday's workout and felt fine. But when he was asked if he'd play in Friday's game, Cruz was quick to answer.

"Definitely," Cruz said.

Cruz left Wednesday's Game 5 in the fifth inning because of tightness in his left hamstring, but he said manager Ron Washington was being cautious in part because of the chilly New York weather.

Cruz played in just 108 regular season games in 2010 because of three different trips to the disabled list with hamstring issues (two of them with left hamstring problems).

Cruz wasn't sure exactly when the tightness started, but he thought it might have been during a throw to home plate that he made in the second inning.

David Murphy replaced Cruz, who had a double in his final at-bat of the game. Cruz is hitting .378 in the postseason with four homers and six RBIs. He has six hits in 17 at-bats (.353) with a homer and three RBIs in the ALCS.