Rangers send Cruz to a hospital over chest issue

Rangers send Cruz to a hospital over chest issue

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SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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WFAA & Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 2:49 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz was hospitalized Friday over what team doctors diagnosed as a muscle strain in his chest.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine said Friday that Cruz was sent to a hospital to rule out anything more serious than a muscle problem. Cruz underwent several tests at the Del Webb Medical Center in Surprise, read a statement released later in the day. The test results were negative and Cruz was expected to be released after undergoing a stress test.

He is expected to resume his work with the Rangers as early as Saturday, the statement read.

Cruz was set to leave Sunday to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. He leads the Rangers with five RBIs this spring training, although he's hitting just .214.

The 32-year-old Cruz played a career-high 159 games last season, hitting .260 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs.
 

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