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Nelson Cruz | Outfielder | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Nelson Cruz homered for the second-consecutive game in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels, finishing the night 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Cruz demolished a 3-1 fastball that was left up in the zone from Hector Santiago. The long ball momentarily put the Mariners ahead by a run, but the Angels would counter the next half inning with a homer of their own that would prove to be the difference. Cruz is now hitting .273/.355/.545 with four homers and 11 RBI. He remains one of the elite power threats in the majors. Apr 24 - 1:28 AM

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Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Angels on Friday.

Cruz's homer looked like a double off the bat, but it cleared the low wall in right in Anaheim (and just missed banging off a higher section of the wall that was less than a foot to the right of where the ball exited). The Mariners already had a 3-2 lead at that point, but Cruz's shot was nice insurance. Cruz also had a sac fly in the first inning of the game. He has three homers and 10 RBI.
Apr 23 - 1:45 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the Mariners topped the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday afternoon in New York.

Cruz's RBI double in the fifth inning plated Robinson Cano with the would-be winning run. With the 2-for-4 effort, he's now hitting .279/.367/.558 with two homers and five RBI through his first 11 games of the year.
Apr 16 - 4:37 PM

Nelson Cruz drove in all three of Seattle's runs with a double and a two-run homer Monday.

Cruz has two homers, three doubles and more walks (three) than strikeouts (two) through his 27 at-bats. Last year, he had a 164/59 K/BB ratio in 590 at-bats.
Apr 12 - 1:16 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 and scored the Mariners' lone run in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

Cruz doubled and scored on an error in the sixth inning, giving the M's a 1-0 lead at the time. Unfortunately, that wound up being the extent of their offense on the afternoon. With the two-hit effort, the slugger is now hitting .261/.370/.478 through his first five games, though he has just one home run and one RBI.
Apr 10 - 8:25 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

Cruz doubled home a run off Padres starter Tyson Ross in the first inning. This was his second double of the spring. He has also hit four home runs during spring play. While the outfielder is now 35 years old, his bat does not look it. Last season, Cruz slashed .302/.369/.566 with 44 homers and 93 RBI across 590 at-bats.
Mar 30 - 6:30 PM

Nelson Cruz (knee) went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Cruz is still searching for his first hit of the spring. Knee soreness kept him out of the first few Cactus League contests, but manager Scott Servais has indicated that the injury is of the minor variety. The 35-year-old slugger is coming off back-to-back campaigns of at least 40 homers. He smashed 44 of them in 2015.
Mar 9 - 7:37 PM

Nelson Cruz (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Cruz was held out of Wednesday's Cactus League opener because of knee soreness and he won't play Thursday either, but new Mariners skipper Scott Servais has described the issue as very minor. Cruz probably wasn't going to log a ton of at-bats this spring anyway. He's going on his age 35-36 season.
Mar 3 - 10:15 AM

Nelson Cruz (knee) will run the bases and make turns Wednesday.

Cruz is sitting out Wednesday's Cactus League opener due to knee soreness. The Mariners don't seem overly concerned, but it's possible he won't make his spring debut for another few days.
Mar 2 - 10:36 AM

Nelson Cruz will not play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener due to knee soreness.

Mariners manager Scott Servais says the issue is very minor. However, Cruz will sit out the first few games just to be on the safe side.
Mar 1 - 10:27 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais indicated that Nelson Cruz will likely see more time out of the designated hitter spot in 2016.

Cruz wants to play in the field and actually produced better at the plate when he wasn't the DH in 2015, but the top priority for the Mariners is to simply have him in the lineup every day. "The big thing for us is to have him in the lineup for 155-to-160 games," said Servais. "That’s the goal. Is there a set number (of games in right field or DH)? No there is not." Cruz made 80 starts in right field last season and 72 out of the DH spot. With Nori Aoki, Leonys Martin, Seth Smith, and Franklin Gutierrez as outfield options, using Cruz as the primary DH makes the most sense from a real-life roster standpoint.
Feb 24 - 1:22 PM

Nelson Cruz probably won't play Sunday after injuring a quad in extra innings Saturday.

That could open the door for Franklin Gutierrez or Jesus Montero to get a start against a right-hander.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 02:18:00 AM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and three strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

Cruz provided the second "back" of back-to-back home runs with Kyle Seager in the fifth inning. Both men did their damage against Astros starter Scott Kazmir. The veteran slugger has posted a fantastic 2015 season, swatting 44 homers and driving in 92 runs while slashing a stellar .301/.370/.570.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 01:57:00 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that Nelson Cruz (quad) could be rested for this weekend's series versus the Athletics.

Cruz has been playing through a right quad injury and will continue to do so for the series against the Astros since there are playoff implications. However, it sounds like he could rest for at least part of the series versus the A's. Cruz is tied with Chris Davis for the Major League lead in homers with 43.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:45:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday that Nelson Cruz's quad still hasn't healed to the point where he can man the outfield defensively.

McClendon had hoped to use Cruz in the outfield in Texas over the weekend and give Robinson Cano a breather in the designated hitter spot. Cruz is in the midst of a career year at the plate, slashing a tremendous .310/.378/.588 with 42 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the M's.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 08:50:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Mayckol Guaipe
12Steve Johnson