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Nelson Cruz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (42) / 9/13/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers signed RHP Nelson Cruz to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Despite a disappointing finish, Cruz, who pitched for Detroit in 1999 and 2000, helped himself with a 3.67 ERA and a 43/8 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 IP in the Dominican Winter League. Maybe he can go back to being an adequate middle reliever. Wed, Jan 19, 2005 04:40:00 PM
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Free agent Nelson Cruz pitched six scoreless innings yesterday and has allowed just two earned runs in 30 innings for Aguilas of the Dominican Winter League.

Cruz, an adequate middle reliever for the Tigers in 2000 and the Astros in 2001 and 2002, was out of baseball last season after being cut by the Marlins in spring training. He'll probably resurface on a minor league contract.
Wed, Nov 24, 2004 03:35:00 PM

Marlins released RHP Nelson Cruz.

Cruz had to do something to upset the Marlins this spring. The ex-Astro picked up a win in a 'B' game last week, but he was never given a chance to pitch in an 'A' game.
Thu, Mar 11, 2004 03:42:00 PM

Marlins signed RHP Nelson Cruz to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Cruz, an adequate middle reliever for the Astros in 2001 and 2002, is coming off a disastrous 2003 in which he posted a 7.21 ERA in seven starts and 13 relief appearances for Colorado. He should have an opportunity to win a spot in the Florida bullpen, but he has little in the way of upside.
Mon, Feb 9, 2004 09:35:00 PM

Rockies placed RHP Nelson Cruz on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

It's expected that Matt Miller will be called up to replace Cruz on the roster.
Wed, Sep 3, 2003 11:13:00 PM

Nelson Cruz was reportedly activated from the DL yesterday, but the Denver Post says Cruz reportedly left the clubhouse at Triple-A Colorado Springs early Monday after he was shelled for eight runs before getting out of the first inning.

Cruz's poor showing cost the Sky Sox a playoff berth, and the Rockies are now saying they may call up Matt Miller instead of activating Cruz. ''Miller's not completely out of the picture,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It depends on the Cruz situation.''
Wed, Sep 3, 2003 04:42:00 AM

Rockies activated RHP Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.

Cruz, who has been troubled by shoulder problems since May, will work in the middle innings for the rest of the season.
Tue, Sep 2, 2003 08:07:00 PM

Nelson Cruz will throw a simulated game Tuesday with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

''It will basically be a three-inning setup, 40 pitches in the bullpen and 50 in the game,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He will start the game for Colorado Springs on Sunday, the 17th and will throw 40 to 50 pitches.'' Cruz is on the DL with a sore shoulder.
Sat, Aug 9, 2003 11:06:00 PM

Nelson Cruz, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder, will throw on the side Friday.

This session could determine whether Cruz goes on a rehab assignment or not.
Thu, Aug 7, 2003 12:30:00 AM

Nelson Cruz (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Cruz will throw at least two more side sessions, then live batting practice. He'll go on a a rehab assignment before rejoining the Rockies.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jul 30, 2003 09:07:00 AM

The Rockies may put Nelson Cruz back on the DL with a shoulder problem.

Cruz has struggled in middle relief since coming off the DL a month ago. The Rockies would like to trade for a replacement, but they're also considering calling up Aaron Cook or Jason Young to take over Cruz's role.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Jul 13, 2003 04:15:00 AM

Rockies activated RHP Nelson Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.

Cruz won't have any fantasy value as one of Colorado's middle relievers.
Fri, Jun 6, 2003 08:36:00 PM

Nelson Cruz will throw again today at extended spring training, and could be activated from the DL this weekend.

Cruz, on the DL with shoulder inflammation, is throwing faster than he was before he got hurt. He reached 92 mph on his fastball Tuesday. Vic Darensbourg or Todd Jones could be cut when Cruz returns.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Jun 5, 2003 12:16:00 PM

Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen session Friday and will have another one Sunday.

On Monday, Cruz is expected to go to Tucson and work out for the final four days of extended spring training before being sent out on a rehab assignment.
Sat, May 31, 2003 02:43:00 PM

Nelson Cruz (shoulder) will pitch in a bullpen session today.

If all goes well, Cruz will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tucson.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, May 30, 2003 11:40:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
6Bruce Rondon
7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
10Kyle Ryan
11Buck Farmer
12Luke Putkonen
13Angel Nesbitt