ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will have an All-Star bat available Monday as they try to play their way into the American League wild-card game.
Outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games, will be activated for the game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers will make a 40-man roster move before the game and the decision as to whether or not Cruz will start will be determined by Texas manager Ron Washington.
"All along we knew we were a better club with him available to Ron," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "I think we wanted to let it play out. Two things, I didn't want to talk about it prematurely because if we hadn't won one of the games this week it would have been a moot point."
Daniels said the team waited to make the decision because they wanted to make sure no more information came out on the PED investigation, how the club responded to the suspension and how the fans responded to it.
Daniels also wanted to see how Cruz performed in instructi...