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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #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

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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. Oct 2 - 1:45 PM

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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.
Sep 28 - 12:37 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.
Sep 27 - 4:19 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.
Sep 26 - 5:18 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.
Sep 26 - 4:12 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.
Sep 26 - 11:02 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.
Sep 25 - 4:47 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.
Sep 24 - 9:43 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.
Sep 24 - 1:07 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.
Sep 15 - 1:25 AM

Nelson Cruz belted his 35th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Angels on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.

Cruz's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Mariners to within a pair at 4-2, but that's as close as they would come. Cruz also singled, finishing the day 2-for-4. He's now hitting .280/.358/.539 with 35 homers and 82 RBI.
Sep 4 - 7:27 PM

Nelson Cruz homered for the second day in a row but his team got crushed by the Angels on Saturday.

The homer was his 34th of the season. He missed several games with a hand injury this week but has homered in both games since returning to action on Friday. That hand is apparently fine now. He is slashing .279/.357/.533 and has 81 RBI and 78 runs scored.
Sep 4 - 1:07 AM

Nelson Cruz hit his 33rd homer in his return to Seattle's lineup Friday.

Cruz hadn't played since Monday because of a nerve issue in his left hand.
Sep 3 - 2:18 AM

Nelson Cruz (hand) said he expects to return for Friday night's series opener against the Angels.

Cruz sat out Tuesday and is on the shelf again Wednesday due to a nerve issue in his left hand, but it's not believed to be overly serious. Franklin Gutierrez is at DH and batting cleanup for the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon against Rangers lefty Martin Perez.
Aug 31 - 12:38 PM

Nelson Cruz (hand) is out again Wednesday.

Cruz has a nerve issue in his left hand and experienced discomfort on swings Sunday and Monday. It's not clear when he might return. Franklin Gutierrez is at DH and batting cleanup Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Aug 31 - 11:33 AM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2Chris Iannetta
3Steve Clevenger
4Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
3Daniel Vogelbach
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Ben Gamel
3Nori Aoki
4Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Ariel Miranda
5Taijuan Walker
6Adrian Sampson
Relief Pitcher
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Vidal Nuno
5Nate Karns
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Drew Storen
8Arquimedes Caminero
9Charlie Furbush
10Daniel Altavilla
11Pat Venditte
12Evan Scribner
13David Rollins
14Cody Martin