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Nelson Cruz | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/1/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nelson Cruz (hip) is in the Mariners' lineup Tuesday.
Cruz had to leave Monday's game when his pelvic bone briefly popped out of place, but he's back out there a day later. He's been in a power slump of late, having homered just once in his previous 23 contests. Jun 23 - 6:14 PM

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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon clarified that Nelson Cruz exited Monday's game with an injury to his pelvic bone.

The injury was originally announced as right hamstring tightness, but McClendon said that Cruz's pelvic bone briefly popped out of place before trainers were able to pop it back into place. It's not believed to be serious, but more should be known Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 8:21 AM

Nelson Cruz left Monday's game versus the Royals with right hamstring tightness.

He didn't suffer an obvious injury, so perhaps it's just a day-to-day situation. The Mariners should offer more on Cruz's status after the game.
Jun 23 - 12:11 AM

Nelson Cruz (back) is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.

Cruz missed games on both Wednesday and Thursday with back spasms. Given how power-less the Mariner offense is without him, the team's fingers are probably crossed that this doesn't turn into an injury that causes Cruz to miss significant time. He's slugged 18 homers and driven in 39 runs over 58 games.
Jun 12 - 4:06 PM

Nelson Cruz (back) is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Indians.

Cruz was aiming to DH in Thursday's series finale in Cleveland after missing Wednesday's game with back spasms, but the Mariners will opt to give the veteran slugger an additional day of rest. He should be ready to rock for Friday's series opener in Houston.
Jun 11 - 11:50 AM

Nelson Cruz (back) is expected to DH on Thursday.

Cruz is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with back spasms, but it's nothing too concerning. The veteran slugger has a .988 OPS, 18 homers, and 39 RBI in 58 games this season.
Jun 10 - 4:22 PM

Nelson Cruz (back) is not in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday.

Cruz exited Tuesday's game with back spasms. The ailment isn't considered a big deal, but with it being a day game after a night game the M's will give him some rest. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Seth Smith the designated hitter spot Wednesday.
Jun 10 - 2:56 PM

Nelson Cruz's back spasms are not considered serious.

Cruz had to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians in the middle of an at-bat, but it appears it's just a day-to-day situation. The slugger leads the American League with 18 home runs this season.
Jun 9 - 10:48 PM

Nelson Cruz had to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians due to back spasms.

Cruz felt some pain on a couple swings in the fifth inning and had to leave in the middle of his at-bat. It's not clear at this point whether the injury might require a trip to the disabled list, but the Mariners should provide more on his status after the game.
Jun 9 - 8:41 PM

Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie with a three-run home run in the ninth inning, leading the Mariners past the Rays on Wednesday.

Closer Brad Boxberger started the ninth inning for the Rays. After consecutive strikeouts, he walked back-to-back batters to bring Cruz to the plate. He lifted a Boxberger fastball to straightaway center field for a three-run jack. Cruz, who went 1-for-4 on the afternoon, has 18 homers on the year along with 38 RBI and a monster .341/.395/.687 triple-slash line.
May 27 - 3:30 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his major league-leading 17th home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

It was a solo shot off Marco Estrada in the sixth inning. Cruz has multi-hit games in three out of the last four and currently leads the AL with a .354 batting average. Kendrys Morales pulled ahead in RBI with a big night Friday against the Cardinals, but Cruz isn't too far off the pace there either. He has 34 RBI for the year.
May 22 - 10:14 PM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Up against his old mates for the closing game of the series, Nelson Cruz decided to show mercy and hit a mere single. He also struck out twice. Cruz has been worth every penny the Mariners paid in the off-season and is currently hitting a mind-bending .351/.412/.708 with 16 homers, 33 RBI and 28 runs scored. The RBI total would be higher if the Mariners actually had other hitters who got on base, but alas, they do not.
May 21 - 6:29 PM

Nelson Cruz kept his hold on the major league in home runs, blasting his 16th of the season as the Mariners fell to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk along with the homer. It was a three-run blast in the third inning which temporarily broke a 1-1 tie. Bryce Harper had homered earlier in the evening to move into a tie with Cruz at 15 home runs, so Cruz reclaimed his throne. Along with the 16 homers, Cruz is batting .347/.404/.714 and has knocked in 33 runs.
May 19 - 10:27 PM

Nelson Cruz singled in Brad Miller in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

First base was open, so the Red Sox had the option of walking Cruz with two outs to bring up Kyle Seager. They opted to face Cruz instead, and he got ahold of a bad splitter from Junichi Tazawa, sending it to the gap in left-center. He's in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak.
May 16 - 12:56 AM

Nelson Cruz clubbed his major league-leading 15th home run on Tuesday to help the Mariners take down the Padres.

The homer didn't matter much, as the eighth-inning solo blast made it an 11-3 game. Cruz had somehow been held homerless in his previous five games, so it was good to see all is still right with the universe following Tuesday's performance in which he went 2-for-4 with a walk. Along with the 15 dingers, he has 29 RBI and a .349/.401/.754 triple-slash line.
May 13 - 1:49 AM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
7Mike Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Tom Wilhelmsen
5Joe Beimel
6Mark Lowe
7Vidal Nuno
8David Rollins