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Nelson Cruz | Designated Hitter | #23

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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 hit a game-tying homer in the fourth inning on Monday in a win over the Astros.
Cruz's homer came off of Dallas Keuchel, and it's the third of the season for the ageless slugger. He's now slugging .722 on the season, and while the average leaves a lot to be desired (.222), we know that the hits will start falling for the designated hitter. Apr 17 - 12:39 AM

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Mariners activated OF Nelson Cruz from the 10-day disabled list.

Cruz has been out since April 1 with a sprained right ankle, which he sustained after slipping on the dugout steps in the second game of the season. He'll immediately be inserted into the M's lineup, almost certainly in a run-producing spot. Reliever Casey Lawrence was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Cruz.
Apr 14 - 5:12 PM

Nelson Cruz (ankle) ran the bases prior to Friday's game against the Athletics.

He hasn't been activated from the disabled list, but it sounds like he could return as soon as Saturday. Cruz has been sidelined since the second game of the regular season after spraining his ankle on the steps in the dugout.
Apr 13 - 6:16 PM

Nelson Cruz (ankle) has hit off a tee and has progressed to cage work.

The hope has been that Cruz would be able to return from the disabled list on Friday. It sounds like he still has a chance to meet that goal. The veteran slugger homered in his first two games this season before spraining his ankle on the dugout steps.
Apr 10 - 7:02 PM

Nelson Cruz (ankle) resumed baseball activities Monday and remains on track for activation from the disabled list Friday.

Cruz has been limited to just two games this season after spraining his right ankle while walking down the dugout steps. The veteran slugger homered in both of those contests before the injury.
Apr 9 - 5:19 PM

Mariners' skipper Scott Servais said Saturday that Nelson Cruz (ankle) is on track to return next week.

Servais expects Cruz and Mike Zunino both back when the team opens their next homestand on Friday. It's unclear if Cruz will require a few at-bats in a minor league game before rejoining the big league club.
Apr 7 - 12:28 PM

Nelson Cruz (ankle) is expected to resume baseball activities in the next day or two.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday that the swelling is gone from the veteran slugger's right ankle. It's unclear whether Cruz will be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment, but he should be ready to come off the disabled list around the date he is first eligible.
Apr 5 - 2:51 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Nelson Cruz's ankle injury isn't expected to keep him out beyond 10 days.

Things could change in the next couple of days, but the early word is encouraging. Cruz was going to be limited in the interleague series against the Giants anyway, so it sounds like this situation could have been much worse.
Apr 3 - 2:39 PM

Mariners placed DH Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1, with a sprained right ankle.

Cruz injured his ankle when he slipped on the dugout steps after hitting a home run on Saturday. The Mariners begin a two-game set against the Giants under National League rules on Tuesday, so it makes sense to give him some extra rest while not having a dead roster spot. Cruz could be back by the middle of next week if all goes well. Taylor Motter has been called up to take his place on the roster.
Apr 3 - 12:38 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that a decision will be made on whether or not to place Nelson Cruz (ankle) on the disabled list on Monday.

Cruz was out of the lineup for the Mariners on Sunday after he slipped on the dugout steps on his way in from hitting a homer. The 37-year-old probably wouldn't have gotten much playing time in the next three games, as Seattle will have no DH option in San Francisco. As nice of a weapon as he'd be off the bench, don't be surprised if the Mariners play it safe with their best offensive player.
Apr 2 - 12:09 PM

The Mariners are still awaiting the MRI results on the right ankle of injured slugger Nelson Cruz.

It's still unclear whether or not he'll require a trip to the disabled list or how serious the injury is. Look for an update on his status on Monday before setting your fantasy lineups for the week.
Apr 1 - 10:04 PM

Nelson Cruz was seen in a walking boot after spraining his right ankle Saturday against the Indians.

The injury occurred when Cruz slipped on the dugout steps following a two-run homer in the sixth inning. His X-rays came back negative though he'll head for an MRI on Sunday to make sure the injury isn't anything serious. Cruz had been dealing with a sore quad prior to Saturday's ankle injury. Beat writer Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times said he could miss "a few days," though it doesn't sound like a DL situation.
Mar 31 - 9:20 PM

X-rays on Nelson Cruz's ankle came back negative.

Cruz suffered his ankle injury slipping on the dugout steps after coming back from hitting a two-run homer against Cleveland on Saturday. He'll undergo an MRI on Sunday, and we should know more about his status after those results come in.
Mar 31 - 7:29 PM

Nelson Cruz left Saturday's game against the Indians with a twisted ankle.

Cruz left the game in the bottom of the eighth with Guillermo Heredia taking his place at the plate. The injury likely occurred while Cruz was trotting the bases after a two-run homer, which is very Seattle Mariner-esque. For now he should be considered day-to-day, but a trip to the disabled list could be possible.
Mar 31 - 6:47 PM

Nelson Cruz was pinch hit for in the eighth inning of Saturday's contest against the Indians.

Cruz homered in his previous at-bat and was pinch hit for with Guillermo Heredia. With all due respect to Heredia, this would appear to be some sort of injury-related move. He battled a quadriceps injury for most of the spring, but it's not yet known if this is related. We'll update you when we know more.
Mar 31 - 6:42 PM

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C1Mike Zunino
2Mike Marjama
1B1Ryon Healy
2Daniel Vogelbach
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Taylor Motter
3B1Kyle Seager
2Andrew Romine
LF1Ben Gamel
2Ichiro Suzuki
3Guillermo Heredia
CF1Dee Gordon
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Marco Gonzales
Relief Pitcher
R1Edwin Diaz
2Juan Nicasio
3Nick Vincent
4James Pazos
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Dan Altavilla
7Wade LeBlanc
8Chasen Bradford
9David Phelps