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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 (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

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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

Nelson Cruz is out of the Mariners' lineup Tuesday due to a nerve issue in his left hand.

Cruz felt discomfort on swings Sunday and Monday and will take at least one day of rest, possibly two. He's batting .154 (4-for-26) over his last seven games. Daily Slant: With Cruz out of the lineup, Cole Hamels' biggest concern is alleviated. It's still not going to be smooth sailing in hitter friendly Globe Life Park, but this is a huge blow for the Mariners who will now roll out the light hitting Shawn O'Malley and Ketel Marte as the table setters ahead of Robinson Cano and Franklin Gutierrez. The Mariners own a 21.6 K% against LHP while Hamels owns a solid 24.0 K% at home.
Aug 30 - 4:53 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Monday's game that he's not sure if Nelson Cruz will play on Tuesday.

Cruz was noticeably uncomfortable during his swings on Monday, but he tried to downplay the issue after the game and Servais wouldn't go into any detail on a potential injury. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind Tuesday.
Aug 30 - 8:56 AM

Nelson Cruz (back) is back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Cruz was lifted late in Wednesday night's game because of back spasms but it looks like the Mariners were just being cautious with their star slugger. He'll DH out of the cleanup spot against White Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. Cruz is having another brilliant year for the M's with 33 homers, 78 RBI and a robust .539 slugging percentage over 460 at-bats.
Aug 25 - 5:16 PM

Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to back spasms.

Cruz was pinch-hit for by Mike Zunino in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees. This was just a precautionary move, though, and the slugger could return to the lineup on Thursday at the White Sox.
Aug 24 - 7:42 PM

Nelson Cruz was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Mike Zunino came on to hit for Cruz with a pair of runners aboard in the eighth. Cruz appeared to be limping earlier in the contest, but specific word as to the nature of his assumed injury has not been passed along by the Mariners. That should come after the game.
Aug 24 - 6:33 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 and launched his 30th homer Monday against the Angels on Monday.

It's looking good for Cruz to join Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers at ages 33, 34 and 35. Technically, he's 36 now, but this still qualifies as his age-35 campaign.
Aug 16 - 2:17 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's victory over the Athletics.

Cruz hasn't gotten many headlines this year but he is quietly pacing for his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .285/.368/.543 with 29 longballs and 73 RBI in 111 games at the age of 36.
Aug 14 - 1:17 AM

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with his 28th homer and 19th double Wednesday against the Tigers.

Cruz isn't quite where he was last year, but he's not far off; he's hitting .285 (.302 last year) and he's on pace for 40 homers (44 last year). If he gets to 40, he'll join Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire as the only players in baseball history to hit 40 at ages 33, 34 and 35.
Aug 11 - 1:37 AM

Nelson Cruz belted his 26th home run of the season on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Mariners past the Cubs.

Cruz's two-run shot off of Cubs starter Brian Matusz opened the game's scoring in the first inning. Teammates Robinson Cano and Dae Ho Lee would also blast two-run shots in the contest. Cruz finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .288/.371/.543 with 26 long balls and 68 RBI on the season.
Aug 1 - 12:40 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

Cruz missed a game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting cleanup against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
Jul 29 - 11:46 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Jul 27 - 3:05 PM

Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
Jul 26 - 10:53 PM

Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour.
Jul 26 - 9:31 PM

Depth Charts

C1Mike Zunino
2Chris Iannetta
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Adam Lind
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
3Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
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
10Evan Scribner
11Ryan Cook