Cruz went 10-for-23 with three home runs, two doubles and a walk during Grapefruit League play, good for a .435/.458/.913 slash line. The 39-year-old slugger continues to show no signs of slowing down. He will be ready to anchor the middle of the Twins' lineup whenever play resumes.
Cruz (wrist) will bat third and will serve as the Twins' designated hitter Monday in the Twins' Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox. As anticipated, the bruise Cruz suffered on his left wrist after being drilled by a pitch during batting practice last week proved to be only a minor concern. The 39-year-old's appearances this spring may be limited while the Twins aim to preserve his health for the games that count, but the fact that he's included in the Grapefruit League this early in the exhibition schedule at least suggests all is well on the health front.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Cruz (wrist) will play in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The veteran slugger suffered the bruised wrist as a result of being hit by a pitch during batting practice last week, but it'll only delay his 2020 spring debut by a few days. Cruz should be able to make his usual preparations for the season after posting a 1.031 OPS with 41 home runs last year.
Cruz suffered nothing worse than a bruise on his wrist after getting hit by a pitch during Wednesday's batting practice, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Cruz walked off the field and was quickly checked out by team trainers, who confirmed that he'd avoided significant injury. It doesn't sound as though his preparation for the upcoming season will be significantly affected, though it's possible he's held back from participating in the team's first few spring games.
Cruz walked off the field after getting hit by a pitch during batting practice Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Cruz walked into the dugout and was checked on by team trainers. Whether the team is seriously concerned about an injury or if this is simply an abundance of caution in early spring remains to be seen.