Player Page

Nelson Cruz | Outfielder | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano aren't playing Friday due to a cold.
James Paxton and others are also under the weather, as there's an illness going around the Mariners' clubhouse. They should all be back up to speed shortly. Mar 24 - 2:04 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Nelson Cruz belted a solo home run for the Dominican Republic's lone run in Tuesday's World Baseball Classic loss to Puerto Rico.

Cruz's opposite-field blast in the second inning just cleared the wall. He also drew a walk but was then thrown out while inexplicably attempting a stolen base on Yadier Molina and Javier Baez in the eighth inning. The Dominican Republic will play Venezuela on Thursday.
Mar 15 - 12:24 AM

Nelson Cruz smashed a majestic three-run homer to beat the United States Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.

Cruz’s night got off to a rough start when he and Starling Marte both went for a fly ball in right field and couldn’t come up with it. The miscue allowed Ian Kinsler to score all the way from first base. Cruz redeemed himself with one swing, putting the D.R. ahead 6-5 with a towering three-run blast off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning. He pulled a Carlton Fisk, barely squeezing it inside the foul pole. Even at 36, Cruz is still one of the most feared sluggers on the planet. The Dominican Republic hasn’t lost a game in the World Baseball Classic since 2009.
Mar 11 - 10:31 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, and two runs scored Sunday in the Mariners' 13-2 exhibition rout of the Padres.

Cruz launched a solo shot off Padres right-hander Zach Lee in the bottom of the second inning and then drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. He also singled in the bottom of the fourth. A pretty good three-inning stretch for the veteran slugger, who also went deep Saturday in his Cactus League debut. "Boomstick" is already ready for meaningful baseball games.
Feb 26 - 6:55 PM

Nelson Cruz launched a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Padres.

Cruz unloaded for a three-run shot off Paul Clemens in the first inning. As David Byrne once sang, same as it ever was. Cruz belted 43 homers a year ago. He has crushed at least 40 dingers in each of the last three seasons.
Feb 25 - 6:18 PM

Nelson Cruz is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

Cruz has battled a wrist injury of late, so the Mariners will give him a breather after they were eliminated from the American League Wild Card race on Saturday. Robinson Cano is in the designated hitter spot, while Mike Freeman is at second base. Leonys Martin, Mike Zunino, Nori Aoki and Ketel Marte are also sitting out, as the M's have Guillermo Heredia in center field, Chris Iannetta at catcher, Ben Gamel in left field and Shawn O'Malley at shortstop.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Nelson Cruz had yet another multi-hit game Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Astros.

Cruz now has five consecutive two-hit contests, and he's got two doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and six runs scored in that span. On Tuesday, his RBI single in the first inning gave the Mariners a short-lived lead. The 36-year-old is batting .288/.360/.553 with 41 homers, 102 RBI and 93 runs scored in 151 games overall this year.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:37:00 AM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in the Mariners' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros.

The MRI taken Monday on his sore left wrist apparently showed nothing of concern. Cruz is starting at DH and batting cleanup versus Astros right-hander Mike Fiers.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 09:43:00 PM

Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 01:07:00 AM

Nelson Cruz hit homer No. 37 against the Angels in the win Wednesday.

Cruz is just three homers away from joining Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 at ages 33, 34 and 35.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 01:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Jarrod Dyson
2Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Mitch Haniger
2Ben Gamel
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Robert Whalen
7Dillon Overton
Relief Pitcher
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Nick Vincent
5Evan Scribner
6Daniel Altavilla
7Casey Fien
8Tony Zych
9Shae Simmons
10Jonathan Aro
11James Pazos
12Thyago Vieira