Cruz is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals. Cruz is hitting .296/.387/.685 with six home runs in 13 games since coming off the injured list. The Twins will give Jorge Polanco a day at DH while Luis Arraez starts at shortstop, hitting sixth.
Cruz went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a walk in Sunday's 8-6 loss to Kansas City. Cruz launched a solo shot in the seventh inning before driving a two-run double in the eighth. The 38-year-old slugger is showing no signs of slowing down with six homers already in June. For the season, he owns a tremendous .941 OPS with 13 long balls and 34 RBI.
Cruz is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals. Cruz started the last six games and has been crushing the ball with four homers and a 1.434 OPS in that stretch. Jorge Polanco will serve as the designated hitter Friday while Ehire Adrianza takes over at shortstop.
Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, home run, three RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Mariners. Cruz was a driving force behind the Twins' offensive production Thursday, as he took Yusei Kikuchi deep in the third inning to record his 12th homer of the season. He followed that up by delivering a two-RBI single in the sixth frame, ultimately coming around to score his second run of the game. Cruz has shown no signs of rust since being activated from the injured list June 4, smacking five home runs in eight contests. For the season, he's maintained a .285/.370/.570 line across 181 plate appearances.
Cruz is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Cruz will retreat to the bench for Thursday's series finale as the Twins look to ease him back into action following a three-week stay on the shelf with a wrist injury. In two games since his return, the veteran slugger has gone 1-for-8 with a solo homer and five strikeouts. Mitch Garver is starting at designated hitter and hitting third in this one.