Cruz is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against Toronto, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. The veteran slugger will get a rest after going 1-for-6 with a walk during the past two games. Cruz missed two games last week with a forearm injury, so it isn't at all surprising that the Rays are looking to keep the 41-year-old fresh as Tampa Bay prepares for its postseason run. Austin Meadows will serve as the DH on Tuesday.
Cruz (forearm) started at designated hitter in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday and went 0-for-2 with a walk. After sitting out the last two games with forearm soreness stemming from being plunked by a pitch Thursday against the Tigers, Cruz returned for the series finale and logged three plate appearances before being pinch run for by Kevin Kiermaier (illness). Cruz remains mired in a brief but undeniable funk, as he's now hit .067 (1-for-18) with five strikeouts over his last five games.
Cruz (forearm) is batting third as the designated hitter Sunday versus the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Cruz sat out the past two games after exiting Thursday's contest due to a hit-by-pitch, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Sunday's series finale. The veteran slugger is 1-for-13 in his last four contests and will attempt to get back on track against Detroit righty Wily Peralta.
Cruz (forearm) remains on the bench Saturday against the Tigers. Cruz exited Thursday's series opener after getting hit in the arm by a pitch. He didn't appear in Friday's contest, though manager Kevin Cash said he was available off the bench. He'll presumably be available again in a similar capacity Saturday, but the Rays evidently feel no rush to get him back in the lineup given their 8.5-game lead in the American League East. Jordan Luplow will be the designated hitter Saturday.
Cruz (forearm) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Cruz was hit by a pitch on the forearm Thursday and isn't in the lineup Friday, though manager Kevin Cash previously indicated the slugger will be "fully available" off the bench. The 41-year-old also started the previous 17 games, so it's a good time for a day off for the veteran regardless of the injury.