Tony Cruz

C / Kansas City Royals / EXP: 5YRS / MINORS Height: 5-11 Weight: 215 lb Age: 29 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Royals' Tony Cruz: Optioned to Triple-A Omaha

      Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Cruz was third on the Royals' depth chart behind Salvador Perez and Drew Butera so it seems they are comfortable going with a two-catcher platoon entering the regular season. A career .220 hitter in the MLB, Cruz will likely remain with Triple-A Omaha during the 2016 season and could see a call up if Perez or Butera go down with an injury.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Royals' Tony Cruz: Unlikely to make final roster

      Drew Butera appears to be the leading candidate for the backup catcher job over Cruz, the Kansas City Star reports. The Royals traded for Cruz in the offseason, but it appears Butera's defense will win him the backup role. Cruz will likely be headed to Triple-A.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Royals' Tony Cruz: Agrees to one-year deal with Royals

      Cruz and the Royals agreed to terms on a one-year, $975,000 deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Royals acquired Cruz from St. Louis last month after the Cards signed Bryan Pena. Cruz will go from backing up Yadier Molina to backing up Salvador Perez in Kansas City, and Cruz figures to have only a minor role given Perez's status as one of baseball's most used catchers. Perez played in 142 games last season.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Royals' Tony Cruz: Dealt to Ryals

      Cruz was traded from the Cardinals to the Royals on Wednesday. Cruz became dispensable following the Cardinals' signing of Brayan Pena, and the backstop will now serve as the backup to Salvador Perez rather than Yadier Molina. While Yadier Molina generally sees a lot of starts behind the plate when healthy, Salvador Perez is one of the most heavily used catchers in the league (142 games last season), limiting any potential production from Cruz barring an injury.

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      Cardinals' Tony Cruz: Will start Game 4 of NLDS

      Cruz will start Game 4 of the NLDS after it was announced Yadier Molina was a late scratch from the lineup, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Cruz will take over behind the plate and hit eighth in the order for Molina, who was forced out of the lineup with a nagging injury in his thumb. With the veteran catcher's status up in the air moving forward, Cruz could see a significant increase in playing time if the Cardinals stay alive in the postseason.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Cardinals C Yadier Molina exits Tuesday's game with back stiffness

      Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians in the ninth inning due to back stiffness, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Yadi tightened up a little bit," manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com. "I don't know if it was the cold or what it was exactly, so we'll have to keep an eye on him." Molina was 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. Cruz would likely draw the start on Wednesday if Molina is unable to go.

    • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

      Carpenter, Wong in Cards' lineup for Monday; Molina out

      Although he exited Sunday's game with light headness, third basman Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday, batting second.Kolten Wong received a rest and was not in Sunday's lineup for the Cards but returns Monday, playing second base and batting seventh.Struggling catcher Yadier Molina, who's been dealing with knee soreness, will not start Monday as Tony Cruz gets the nod at catcher and will hit eighth.

    • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

      Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) out of lineup Sunday

      Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers. Molina is dealing with knee soreness after taking a foul tip off his knee guard Friday. "He's feeling better, but we just need to take at least another day," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "He can hit. He can run. But squatting is the issue right now." The team called up a catcher before Sunday's game to back up Tony Cruz, who is batting eighth Sunday while making his third start in the last four days. The Cardinals are road favorites (-144) in Milwaukee Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.

    • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

      Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday

      With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

    • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

      Cards C Molina (knee) out of Saturday's starting lineup

      After leaving Friday's game following a foul tip off his right knee guard, catcher Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday, replaced by backup Tony Cruz. Molina, who took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution, said his knee is just sore and doesn't expect to go on the disabled list. "It's little sore, a little tight," said Molina to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's about the same right now," he said. "Hopefully, with treatment, I can get back on track (Sunday). That's what I'm shooting for." This will be the second time this season Molina is not in the Cards' starting lineup, sitting out Thursday as a scheduled rest day.Cruz has one hit in five at-bats this season.