05/25/10 7:55 PM ET
Rangers unlikely to deal for Oswalt
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Cruz enjoys hot streak, fan support
KANSAS CITY -- Nelson Cruz took a seven-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game with the Royals. Cruz was 11-for-24 (.458) in the streak to raise his batting average from .297 to .337.That would rank seventh in the AL in hitting but, because he missed two weeks with a strained hamstring, he is about 20 plate appearances shy of being listed among the qualifiers. He is still tied for 12th with nine home runs and tied for seventh with 33 RBIs. Fans are noticing his play because Cruz was third among American League outfielders in the first All-Star voting update released on Monday. Cruz trails only Ichiro Suzuki and Carl Crawford, putting him to be in position -- if this keeps up -- in the starting outfield for the All-Star Game in July. "That would be awesome," Cruz said. "Fans are recognizing the job I am doing, that's something you appreciate." Cruz was also named the American League Player of the Week on Monday. In addition to hitting in seven straight games, Cruz had five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.
"Last week at home was the best I've felt at the plate all year," Cruz said.
Saltalamacchia showing progress at OKC
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was the Rangers' Opening Day catcher but is now at Triple-A Oklahoma City, could be working his way back to being an option at the Major League level.General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers have been getting good reports on Saltalamacchia's throwing for the past week or so. The daily reports keep saying Saltalamacchia has had "no problems" with his throwing. That doesn't mean Saltalamacchia will be back in the Majors anytime soon, but he could get consideration if there is a need. His throwing has been erratic since undergoing shoulder surgery last September. "I don't know what the right amount of time is," Daniels said. "We told Salty we want to see improvement over an extended period of time. To his credit, this last week he's had no issues. We don't have a target date at this point, but he seems to be making significant progress. He's got to keep it up." The Rangers have been going with Matt Treanor as their No. 1 catcher with Max Ramirez in reserve. The Rangers continue to consider other options but nothing is imminent. "We've been pleased with both Matt and Max," Daniels said. "Those guys have kind of stepped up in an area we really needed. Just like anything else, we'll keep evaluating any chance to improve the club, but right now we have confidence with those guys back there."
Michael Young goes into Tuesday's game with the Royals having reached base in 20 straight games. Ian Kinsler has reached base in 15 straight. ... Triple-A Oklahoma City reliever Pedro Strop had a stretch of 24 consecutive retired batters snapped in his last outing on Sunday when Lance Zawadski drew a 2-out walk in the ninth inning. ... Going back to May 8, the only three batters to reach against Strop did so on walks. The last hit he allowed came on May 4 at Omaha on a two-out single by Marc Maddox. Strop has pitched nine consecutive hitless and scoreless innings spanning his last five appearances.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.