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Tony Cruz | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Palm Beach (FL) JC
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals activated C Tony Cruz from the paternity leave list.
Cruz missed the weekend series against the Reds following the birth of his daughter, but he's back with the team now. He'll continue to serve as a backup for starter Yadier Molina. Fellow catcher Ed Easley has been optioned to Triple-A. Apr 13 - 11:58 AM

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Cardinals placed C Tony Cruz on the paternity leave list.

Cruz will miss the weekend series in Cincinnati following the birth of his daughter. Ed Easley has been recalled to serve as Yadier Molina's backup.
Apr 10 - 10:56 AM

Cardinals and C Tony Cruz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

Cruz was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old doesn't hit much, as he owns a career .225/.271/.310 slash line, but he has been a dependable backup behind the plate for Yadier Molina.
Jan 15 - 2:56 PM

Filling in for the injured Yadier Molina (oblique), Tony Cruz ripped a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Cruz's deep blast to left field off of Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals the lead, a lead they held until Michael Morse knotted things up with a homer in the eighth. He also drew a walk in the ninth inning to load the bases, but Oscar Taveras grounded out to end the threat. Matt Adams also went deep for the Cards.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Tony Cruz will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

A.J. Pierzynski started behind the plate in Game 4, but Cruz will get the call as the Cardinals try to keep their season alive. In addition, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams have flip-flopped in the order. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Peralta SS, Adams 1B, Randal Grichuk RF, Kolten Wong 2B, Cruz C, Adam Wainwright SP.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Tony Cruz went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Reds.

The home run was Cruz's first career long ball at the major league level. He smacked it in the second inning off of Mike Leake. Cruz was also caught stealing in the contest. This season, Cruz has hit .208/.280/.269 while backing up all-world catcher Yadier Molina. The home run was a nice moment for a guy who's not going to hit many of them.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Tony Cruz delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning on Thursday against the Brewers, helping the Cardinals hold serve in the NL Central.

With the Pirates also winning on Thursday, the Cardinals maintain their 2.5-game hold on first place in the division. Cruz scored Matt Adams from second base on a single to center field off of Jimmy Nelson. Cruz had entered the game in the top of the 10th after Yadier Molina had been replaced with a pinch-runner in the previous inning. Cruz has mustered a .205/.273/.244 slash line and 14 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:59:00 AM

Cardinals recalled C Tony Cruz from Double-A Springfield.

Cruz will serve as the Cardinals' third catcher down the stretch behind Yadier Molina and A.J. Pierzynski. Cruz has batted .195/.267/.263 this year in the majors.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Cardinals optioned C Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield.

The Cards will, not surprisingly, keep A.J. Pierzynski around as the backup with Yadier Molina back from the DL. Cruz will return next week when rosters expand.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Tony Cruz had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

The veteran backstop is in the midst of a disappointing season offensively, slashing .222/.309/.278 with no homers and 11 RBI. While he's serving as the team's primary catcher with Yadier Molina sidelined, his fantasy value is resigned to NL-only formats.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Tony Cruz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

Cruz hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and scored Jhonny Peralta on an RBI double in the top of the third. St. Louis managed 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win. Cruz is expected to be the Cardinals' primary catcher with Yadier Molina (thumb) out and could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Tony Cruz had a solid day at the plate in Saturday’s win over the Blue Jays, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of RBI.

Getting the start behind the dish in place of veteran backstop Yadier Molina, Cruz delivered a two-run single to highlight a four-run uprising in the eighth inning. He has done a nice job in a reserve role for the Cardinals, slashing .257/.350/.286 with six RBI in his first 35 at-bats.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

Cruz took advantage of a rare start behind the plate, as Yadier Molina got the afternoon off. If all goes according to plan for the Cardinals, Cruz won't see the field that often this year.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Tony Cruz (forearm) took batting practice Wednesday.

It's the first time he's done so since going on the DL last month with a stress fracture in his left forearm. Cruz has been available only on an emergency basis since his activation on Sunday, but it sounds like he should be ready soon enough to spot Yadier Molina when the Cards need him to.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 06:32:00 PM

Cardinals activated C Tony Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.

Cruz isn't ready to play yet, as he's still nursing a stress fracture in his left forearm. He should be cleared within a week or so, though, at which point he'll return to being Yadier Molina's primary backup.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Jon Jay
4Peter Bourjos
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Charlie Tilson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Carlos Martinez
3Michael Wacha
4Lance Lynn
5Jaime Garcia
6John Lackey
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Jordan Walden
4Seth Maness
5Steve Cishek
6Sam Tuivailala
7Miguel Socolovich
8Mitch Harris
9Dean Kiekhefer
10Juan Gonzalez