Rays manager Kevin Cash said Cruz, who was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to a bruised right foot, should be available off the bench in a pinch-hitting role, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cash added that Cruz is "fine" and was cleared of any damage to his foot after undergoing X-rays, so the Rays are seemingly keeping him out of the lineup for precautionary purposes. Brett Phillips was added to the starting nine as a replacement, while Austin Meadows will handle Cruz's usual duties at designated hitter.

More News