Cruz hits DL, but decent OFs available 

April, 27, 2010
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Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, which obviously stinks for many a fantasy baseball owner, considering he ranks third on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater behind only Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp. Cruz was off to a terrific start with 7 home runs, 17 RBIs and, let's not forget, 5 steals in as many opportunities. He also was hitting .323. Cruz has been the best player in the American League so far, at least statistically.

Cruz aggravated a strained right hamstring in Monday's game, an injury that hadn't appeared to hamper him much during the past week. In fact, Cruz and the Rangers had believed the injury was mere cramping because it happened in a game in which he stole three bases against the Boston Red Sox. Cruz didn't play poorly in the past week, leading many to believe all was well. Now he gets a few weeks off.

Nelson Cruz
James Guillory/US PresswireNelson Cruz heads to the disabled list with a .323 average, 7 homers and 17 RBIs in 19 games.
The Rangers are being cautious with Cruz, as they should; it's April, and I wouldn't expect him to miss any more than the 15 days a DL stint requires. If you have Cruz in a fantasy league, this isn't a big deal. Cruz has produced more than a month's worth of statistics in just three weeks anyway, as he's on pace for 60 home runs, 145 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.

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