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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
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Nelson Cruz posted a single, double and a run scored over four at-bats in Saturday's loss against the Astros.
The multi-hit game was the 10th of the month of Cruz, who is hitting .333 (25-for-75) with eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBI across 21 games in June. While he is hitting for high average, he has no homers over his past 17 outings dating back to June 4. That's about the only complaint fantasy owners can have with Cruz. Jun 25 - 1:52 AM

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Nelson Cruz plated three runs Wednesday in the Mariners’ comeback win over the Tigers.

Seattle didn’t have its first base-runner until the sixth inning, but that didn’t stop the Mariners from stealing a 7-5 victory. Cruz was a seminal figure in Seattle’s comeback, narrowing the gap to 4-3 with a two-run double in the sixth before giving the Mariners an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh. A recent MRI showed a minor tear in his right calf, but that hasn’t done much to slow Cruz, who leads the American League with 58 RBI.
Jun 22 - 2:53 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double, four RBI and two walks Monday against the Twins.

The double was originally ruled a homer before being correctly reversed. Doubles are rarer than homers for Cruz; he hasn't had more doubles than homers in a season since 2012. He's now sitting at 50 RBI in 61 games this season.
Jun 12 - 11:48 PM

Nelson Cruz (calf) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday against the Blue Jays.

Cruz is back after a two-game absence. An MRI revealed a small tear in his right calf but obviously Cruz feels it's something he can play through. The 36-year-old leads the American League with 46 RBI this season.
Jun 9 - 6:46 PM

Nelson Cruz (calf) is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the Twins.

This marks his second straight absence. Boog Powell will serve as the DH while batting ninth Thursday against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. Cruz said an MRI showed a slight tear in his injured calf, though he plans to return for Friday's series opener against the Rays.
Jun 8 - 6:22 PM

Nelson Cruz (calf) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Cruz has been dealing with right calf soreness over the last week or so, with the ailment most recently flaring up on Tuesday. He underwent an MRI earlier on Wednesday and manager Scott Servais said that he could potentially receive a few days off to rest up. This does not sound like a DL situation, though that could obviously change if the veteran slugger continues to experience discomfort. Carlos Ruiz draws the start at designated hitter on Wednesday and will bat ninth in Cruz's place.
Jun 7 - 6:54 PM

Nelson Cruz left Tuesday's win over the Twins in the fourth inning due to renewed tightness in his right calf.

Cruz was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting an RBI single to put the Mariners up 9-2 in the bottom of the fourth. It sounds like it was mostly a precautionary measure given the big lead, but Cruz also had some issues with his right calf last week and the veteran slugger will be examined by the Mariners' medical staff ahead of Wednesday's game. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 7 - 5:45 AM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Cruz cracked a two-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez with two outs in the first inning. The tater was his 14th of the season and bumped his RBI total to a hearty 45. He tortured the Rays throughout the three-game set, picking up seven hits in 11 at-bats. Four of those went for extra bases and two of those four left the yard altogether.
Jun 4 - 7:58 PM

Nelson Cruz (hand) returned to the Mariners' starting lineup for Friday night's showdown against the Rays.

Cruz was forced to leave Thursday's game with a left hand injury, but it doesn't appear to be a big deal. He's serving as the designated hitter and batting cleanup against Jke Odorizzi and the Rays.
Jun 2 - 7:13 PM

Nelson Cruz left Thursday's game against the Rockies with a left hand injury.

Kyle Freeland plunked him with an 89 mph cutter in the third inning. Cruz stayed in to run the bases but Boog Powell took his next at-bat for him. The Mariners have had a nightmare afternoon, losing Jean Segura (ankle) and now Cruz to injury. We'll update Cruz's status as soon as we know more.
Jun 1 - 5:59 PM

Nelson Cruz (calf) went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday night against the Rockies.

Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right calf, but it was clearly just a minor thing. The veteran slugger is batting .279/.362/.519 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 52 games this season for Seattle.
Jun 1 - 8:45 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Nelson Cruz (calf) should be available Wednesday.

Cruz left Tuesday's game against the Rockies in the bottom of the second inning after experiencing tightness in his right calf, but it's apparently not too serious. Ben Gamel took his place in right field in Denver. The four-game interleague series shifts to Seattle on Wednesday night, so Cruz can DH if he's feeling up to it.
May 30 - 11:06 PM

Nelson Cruz left Tuesday's game against the Rockies with tightness in his right calf.

Cruz drew a walk and scored a run in the top of the second inning, but Ben Gamel took over in right field to open the bottom of the second. Consider the veteran slugger day-to-day for now.
May 30 - 7:53 PM

Nelson Cruz is starting in right field again Tuesday against the Rockies.

Cruz will play the field with the DH unavailable under National League rules. Things will be back to normal when the series shifts to Seattle on Wednesday. Guillermo Heredia will start in left field on Tuesday, with Ben Gamel on the bench.
May 30 - 3:41 PM

Nelson Cruz will start in right field Monday against the Rockies.

Cruz will start in the outfield with the DH unavailable under National League rules. Ben Gamel will start in left field while Guillermo Heredia will take a seat.
May 29 - 12:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Taylor Motter
3Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Ben Gamel
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Jarrod Dyson
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Sam Gaviglio
8Ryan Weber
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Tony Zych
8Daniel Altavilla
9Max Povse
10Shae Simmons
11Evan Marshall