ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, sidelined with a left hamstring injury, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday. That's not going to happen, but Cruz is hoping to go on medical rehabilitation assignment this weekend and be activated on Tuesday when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Marlins in Florida.
"I'm running with no pain," Cruz said. "I ran [Monday] with no pain. I did 20 sprints, shagged balls in the outfield and threw to the bases with no pain. It's feeling good."
The Rangers still want to put Cruz through a few more tests, including running the bases, before making a decision on when he'll be sent to the Minors on rehab assignment.
Vlad to see time in outfield during Interleague
ARLINGTON -- Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero will play the outfield during Interleague games being played in National League cities.
Manager Ron Washington said he just won't start him in the field in consecutive games.
"I don't want him to get hurt," Washington said. "I'll play him in the outfield one day and pinch-hit him the next day."
The Rangers play nine consecutive games in National League parks, where they don't use the designated hitter. The Rangers open a three-game series against the Brewers on Friday in Milwaukee, they play three against the Marlins beginning Tuesday in Florida, then they have three in Houston against the Astros.
"I'm going to try and find a way to get him two starts in every one of those series," Washington said.
That would mean Friday and Sunday in Milwaukee, and Tuesday and Thursday in Florida. Houston is the tricky part without using him on consecutive days in the outfield. Guerrero has started four games in the outfield to this point in the season. He entered Tuesday's game hitting .333 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs on the season.
Dodgers had shots at both Utley, Young
ARLINGTON -- How about an infield with Michael Young at shortstop and Chase Utley at second base? The Dodgers had that chance and missed. Here's how it happened back in the 1997 First-Year Draft.
The Dodgers took Utley with their second-round pick of the 1997 draft out of Long Beach Poly High School. They couldn't sign him, and he ended up at UCLA. Three years later, Utley was taken in the first round by the Phillies.
Young? He was drafted in the fifth round that year by the Blue Jays. He was playing at UC-Santa Barbara at the time. But the Dodgers were scouting him heavily and Young, who grew up in Los Angeles, was hoping against hope they would draft him. He was a Dodgers fan growing up.
"They gave me a private workout, and they took me to dinner," Young said. "They were calling me all the time. I was praying the Dodgers would draft me."
The Dodgers used their third-round pick to take a shortstop. They chose Ricky Bell out of Cincinnati Moeller. He played ten seasons in the Minors but never played in the majors. They took a catcher with their fourth-round pick. After Young was taken by the Blue Jays, the Dodgers took shortstop Kip Harkrider from the University of Texas. He never made it to the Majors.
"I was hoping it would be the Dodgers but I really didn't care," Young said. "I was just happy I got the chance to play."
Andrus returns to lineup
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was back in the lineup on Tuesday, one day after manager Ron Washington gave him a night off. Andrus did not start on Monday against Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee because Washington wanted to give him a break after playing two straight day games in the intemperate heat.
"It was pretty tough," Andrus said. "Saturday wasn't bad but Sunday was. When you play in that heat, it's tough. You use a lot of energy. But today, I feel great. You take a day off and come back ready to play."
Andrus had errors on both Saturday and Sunday. He scorched a single in his first at-bat has a 13-game hitting streak. He entered Tuesday hitting .336 in his past 34 games.
Matt Harrison's 3 1/3 innings of relief on Monday was the third-longest outing by a Rangers reliever this season. ... The Rangers did not have an extra-base hit on Monday night. It was the sixth time that has happened this season and three occurrences were against the Mariners. ... Scott Feldman threw 120 pitches in 5 2/3 innings on Monday. It's the most by a Rangers pitcher in fewer than six innings since Rick Helling threw 124 pitches in five innings on June 7, 2000, against the Dodgers.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.