ARLINGTON -- Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup on Tuesday against the Pirates, his first game since going on the disabled list in late May with a left hamstring injury."It's exciting. I'm anxious to be back," Cruz said. "You want to be there, especially since we're doing really good. It's been really enjoyable; the other guys are playing well." Before being injured for the second time this season, Cruz was hitting .327, with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 29 games. Despite that, he insisted he isn't going to do anything differently to avoid the DL should it happen again. "I'm going to keep working. That's the best I can do," Cruz said. "Just keep working and try to stay healthy and get stronger." Rangers manager Ron Washington was pleased to have Cruz back in the lineup. "I know it will take him a couple days to get himself going, but his presence, just knowing we have him there, it's just added more potency to what we already have," Washington said. With Cruz's activation, the Rangers optioned Craig Gentry back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gentry was batting .212 with three RBIs in 33 at-bats for this season.
Daniels: Ownership status won't impact Deadline
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he is not worried about the upcoming Trade Deadline despite the team's ownership still being in limbo.The Rangers went to bankruptcy court again on Tuesday and left without any resolution and no assurances that the sale of the team will be completed before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. "It hasn't changed how we're approaching it. We know for sure that we have a good club, and we've got some other options in our system should we need to call on them," Daniels said. "We have the ability to operate normally within our budget, which has always been the case. Beyond that, everything else is out of our control." The Rangers have reportedly expressed interest in adding another starting pitcher, and Daniels thinks that ownership can still accomplish that, if it feels that it should be done. "We can operate within our budget that was set last fall," Daniels said. "We went into the offseason and this season with the expectation that we were going to be a good club and may want or need to add some ability to upgrade the club. Nothing has changed in that regard." Daniels also hasn't wavered on the Rangers' approach to the Deadline. "We're going to approach the Trade Deadline from this standpoint: we like our club a lot. There are scenarios that we could look to improve internally or from the trade market," Daniels said. "It's too early to have a full picture on what that means in players, dollars, etc. We'll adjust and go through the process, but our guys out there are doing their work and we'll adjust it when we need to."
Scheppers named to U.S. Futures squad
ARLINGTON -- It was announced on Tuesday that Rangers right-handed pitcher Tanner Scheppers was named to the U.S. team for this year's All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium on Sunday, July 11.Scheppers, a right-handed pitcher with Triple-A Oklahoma City, is 1-0 with a 2.36 ERA in two starts this season for the RedHawks. He's also struck out 33 hitters in 26 2/3 innings of work. "It's a great credit to Tanner and the scouts down at the bottom that have worked in our system," general manager Jon Daniels said. "With his season, he's put himself on the map as one of the great young pitchers in the game. It reflects well on the organization and the people that have worked with him to get Tanner to this point." Scheppers began the season in Double-A Frisco and quickly shot up to the club's highest Minor League level. In six games at Frisco, Scheppers was unable to record a decision but carried an 0.82 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and no walks in 11 innings. The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
The Rangers' 3 1/2-game lead in the American League West as of Tuesday was the largest margin in any of the six divisions in the Major Leagues. ... The Rangers' 15-4 record in the month of June is the best record in the Majors. ... Neftali Feliz has saved four of the past six games and now leads the AL and is second in the Majors with 19 saves. ... Justin Smoak is third in the AL with 20 RBIs in June. ... Josh Hamilton leads the Majors with a .474 June batting average and also leads in RBIs (25), hits (37), total bases (66) and slugging percentage (.846).
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.