Cruz (knee) will bat third as the designated hitter Friday against the Reds. Cruz was scratched from the lineup back on Saturday due to a sore right knee and hadn't played since. He's ready to go for the final three games of the regular season and will be looking to help the Twins retain the AL Central title.
Cruz (knee) remains on the bench Wednesday against the Tigers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Cruz was scratched from the lineup Saturday with a sore right knee and now sits for the fourth straight game. He hasn't appeared off the bench over that stretch. The Twins have already clinched a playoff berth, so being cautious with Cruz's 40-year-old knees makes plenty of sense. According to Park, the veteran slugger is available off the bench, though the team figures to be selective in any potential usage. Eddie Rosario rests his legs as the designated hitter Wednesday, with Jake Cave starting in left field.
Cruz (knee) isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers. Cruz will be sidelined for a third consecutive game after being scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore right knee. Ryan Jeffers will serve as the designated hitter for the series opener against the Tigers.
Cruz (knee) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. The veteran slugger was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore right knee, and he'll remain on the bench for the series finale. Cruz will now have Monday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before potentially missing additional time. Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter while LaMonte Wade starts at first base.
Cruz was scratched from the lineup ahead of Saturday's game against the Cubs due to right knee soreness, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. If the issue never develops beyond soreness, Cruz likely won't miss very much time. The Twins could elect to be cautious with the slugger's 40-year-old knees, however, with their postseason berth all but secured.