When the Mariners signed Nelson Cruz a year ago, it appeared they were getting a hitter who was coming off a career year. Incredibly, the 35-year-old Cruz set new career highs for home runs (44) and runs scored (90), and he did it while hitting fewer flyballs and lowering his pull rate. With Cruz due to turn 36 this July, the odds seem long on Cruz having yet another 40-homer season, but he has established himself as a top 10 outfielder.
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz may remain limited to DH duty for the remainder of the season due to lingering quad soreness, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. While Cruz has not played the field since Sept. 1 due to the quad issue, he's been able serve as the designated hitter in each of the team's last 10 games, and it sounds like the DH tag will allow the Mariners to keep his bat in the lineup over the final two weeks. Seth Smith is starting in right field Tuesday with Franklin Gutierrez in left against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Rangers. Facing his former club, Cruz belted his 40th longball of the season in the seventh inning to give Seattle their five-run lead. Cruz has now posted back-to-back 40-homer seasons--after hitting no more than 33 in any of his eight seasons with the Rangers.
Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz finally made it back into the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers after missing six straight starts due to a strained quad. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz is not 100 percent and the veteran outfielder will need to "temper" his running on the basepaths. Cruz is mired in a 4-for-29 slump in his last seven games. However, he still has a .329/.401/.707/1.108 slash line in his last 40 games.
Mariners outfielders Nelson Cruz and Franklin Gutierrez remain out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, reports the Seattle Times. Cruz is dealing with a quad issue and recently received an MRI. He is considered day to day. A groin injury has kept Gutierrez out.
Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is optimistic of returning to the lineup soon to at least hit, reports the Seattle Times. "It depends on the manager," Cruz said about his return. "I think I can pinch-hit and then DH in the next few days." Cruz is nursing a strained quad, but he has been able to do some agility work as well as sprints. "My first sprint I felt it a little bit," Cruz said. "The other ones it was good. It was a little tight still. But the more that I ran, it got better."