Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off the same foot that caused him to miss time earlier this month, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. He left in the seventh inning after going 1-for-4 with a RBI and a strikeout and was replaced by Seth Smith. He missed a game with a sore foot earlier this month, and it sounds like he's back to being day-to-day after taking a foul ball off the same foot Tuesday.
Cruz (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game against the Pirates in the seventh inning after appearing to sustain an injury while running around the bases, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cruz singled to open up the seventh inning, but seemed to tweak something while running to third on Kyle Seager's double later that inning. He was replaced in the field at the end of the half inning by Vidal Nuno after refusing help from the trainers at third base. Cruz will be considered day-to-day until Seattle releases more information on the matter, but could sit out Wednesday's contest with the team's upcoming off day Thursday in order to get some extra rest.
Cruz went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, two-run homer, seven overall RBI and two runs in Saturday's 14-5 victory over the Blue Jays. The veteran slugger single-handedly broke the spirt of the Blue Jays, beginning with his third-inning grand slam. He drove in Nori Aoki in the sixth with an RBI groundout, and blasted a 414-foot shot to left in the eighth with Seth Smith and Luis Sardinas aboard to cap off the Mariners scoring. The pair of homers marked the first time that Cruz had gone deep since July 7, but he's been on a tear at the plate in recent games. The 36-year-old has multi-hit efforts in three of his last four games, and has hit safely in five of his last six contests.
Cruz (foot) will start in right field and bat fourth in the order Sunday against the Astros. The Mariners made Cruz a late scratch from the lineup Saturday afternoon while he battled a sore foot that stemmed from being hit by a foul ball a night earlier. It appears all he needed was a day of rest for the issue to clear up, so don't expect him to face any limitations heading into the week.
Cruz was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore foot, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Cruz will get the day off after fouling a ball off his foot during Friday's contest. Fortunately, according to Divish, Cruz will be available off the bench as a pinch hitter if the situation calls for it. Franklin Gutierrez will take over Cruz's spot in right field.