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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 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

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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

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Mariners topped the Angels 3-1 on Wednesday.

He struck out three times. Cruz came into the game with a .203 average and two home runs in 74 career at-bats against starter Jared Weaver; he went 1-for-2 with his single against Weaver this evening.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:59:00 AM

Nelson Cruz hit his 42nd home run of the season in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

Cruz put the Mariners up 1-0 in the first inning when he went yard to center field. It's his 42nd homer of the year, moving him into a tie with Chris Davis for the major league lead. He's homered in three of his last six games, boosting his triple-slash line to .310/.378/.592 along with 88 RBI.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 01:02:00 AM

Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and an RBI single as the Mariners topped the Rockies 7-2 on Saturday.

Cruz topped his 2014 total with his 41st homer, in 25 fewer games to date (he played in 159 last year). He's had a remarkable season, particularly in the average department; he's hitting 40 points over his career mark, even though he's striking out more often than his career average. That he's been this good at 35 is one of the surprises of the year, though one perhaps tainted by his PED history.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 01:25:00 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't expect Nelson Cruz to return to the outfield during the team's current 10-game homestand.

Cruz missed six games with a strained quad before returning as a DH on Thursday night. Even at less than 100 percent, Cruz remains a must-start in all fantasy formats. He's one behind Chris Davis for the league lead in home runs.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Nelson Cruz blasted his 40th home run of the season on Thursday, powering the Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the visiting Rangers.

His two-run blast off former teammate Derek Holland put the icing on the cake, increasing the M's lead to 5-0 in the seventh inning. Cruz also singled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's having an MVP-caliber season in the middle of the Mariners lineup, slashing .312/.381/.593 with 40 homers and 84 RBI. It's the second straight season, and second time in his career, that Cruz has eclipsed the 40-homer plateau.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 06:23:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (quad) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Rangers.

Cruz missed a week of action with a strained right quad. The veteran slugger is starting at designated hitter and batting third in his return to action Thursday.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (quad) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

Cruz has been out since last Wednesday with a strained right quad. It's not clear when he might be ready. Stefen Romero is starting in right field on Wednesday night against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (quad) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Tuesday.

Cruz underwent and MRI, which confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained right quad. He remains day-to-day.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that he's hopeful that Nelson Cruz (quad) will be available to pinch-hit on Monday.

Said McClendon, "I’m hoping that I would have Cruz to pinch-hit, and then I’ll run [Jesus] Sucre for him." Cruz hasn't played since last Wednesday due to his right quad injury. He already hit in the cage on Sunday and Monday saw him testing the quad by running.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 05:11:00 PM

Nelson Cruz will test out his injured right quad with some running on Monday.

Cruz also hit in the cages on Sunday but was out of the lineup for the third straight game. He could plan Monday if the running goes well.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 02:15:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (quad) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He hasn't played since Wednesday because of a right quad injury. Manager Lloyd McClendon had that said Cruz was 50-50 to play Sunday, so it does seem he's at least close to returning to action. Stefen Romero is in right field Sunday.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 01:24:00 PM

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Lerud
5Steven Baron
1B1Adam Lind
2Jesus Montero
3Dae-ho Lee
4Gaby Sanchez
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nori Aoki
2Shawn O'Malley
3Stefen Romero
CF1Leonys Martin
2Boog Powell
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4James Paxton
5Wade Miley
6Nate Karns
7Jose Torres
8Joe Wieland
9Donn Roach
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2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Evan Scribner
8Jonathan Aro
9Justin De Fratus
10Vidal Nuno
11Tony Zych
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