Manager Rocco Baldelli said it's "definitely a possibility" that Cruz (wrist) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Monday when first eligible, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Before rendering a decision on Cruz's status, the Twins' training staff will likely re-evaluate him during a workout early Monday. Even if he requires an additional day or two to heal from the wrist issue, Cruz should immediately step back in as the Twins' full-time designated hitter whenever he's formally activated. The 39-year-old had been enjoying a massive heater prior to being shut down by the left wrist strain, as he had gone yard 16 times in his 25 games since the All-Star break while maintaining a .333/.429/.900 slash line.
Cruz (wrist) felt strong after taking batting practice on the field Friday, and he could return from the injured list shortly after the 10-day minimum, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Cruz was placed on the IL a week ago due to a left wrist sprain, though he's already progressing quickly through his rehab. He's eligible to be activated Monday, and assuming all goes well over the weekend, he should be back with the team early next week.
Cruz (wrist) will not require surgery and will resume baseball activities Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
He was examined by Dr. Thomas Graham in New York and it was determined that there is no damage other than the ruptured tendon in his left wrist. Cruz will begin a hitting program this week, which suggests he could return before the end of the month.
Cruz was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left wrist strain.
Cruz sustained the injury on a swing during the fourth inning of Thursday's contest, and it appears to be an aggravation of the same injury that sent him to the shelf in May. The veteran slugger missed about three weeks with the previous injury, but it's unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined this time around. He's slated to see a specialist Monday and noted that he has some type of tear in his wrist, per Dan Hayes of The Athletic. Right-hander Cody Stashak was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
Cruz was diagnosed with a left wrist strain after leaving Thursday's game against the Indians, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
The team is labeling Cruz as day-to-day following his removal from Thursday's matchup. He figures to be evaluated Friday morning before the Twins announce his availability for the weekend.
Cruz left Thursday night's game against the Indians due to a left wrist injury, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Cruz appeared to suffer the injury on a swing, and after being examined by the team trainer, he was pulled from the contest. This is a concerning development for Cruz, who missed time earlier this season with an injury to the same wrist. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice.
Cruz went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 12-7 loss to Atlanta.
It's the 39-year-old's third multi-homer game in his last nine starts, and Cruz is hitting .357 (30-for-84) with an incredible 16 homers and 30 RBI in 23 games since the All-Star break. The rampage has pushed his slash line on the year to .300/.389/.662 with 32 home runs and 76 RBI through 85 games.
Cruz went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in an 11-3 victory against the Royals on Saturday.
Cruz is the only player in major-league history with multiple three-homer games after turning 39. He posted his first hat trick after that birthday just 10 days ago. Cruz has been on a real power spree, going deep 12 times since the All-Star break, and in the last 10 games, he's also raised his average 25 points to .295. He has 30 home runs, 72 RBI and 56 runs in 305 at-bats this season.
Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI in Friday's 11-9 win over the Royals.
His two-run blast in the first inning got the ball rolling on a huge night for the veteran slugger, and he was clearly itching for action after sitting on the bench during a three-game series in Miami without the DH spot available. Cruz is now slashing .289/.382/.621 with 27 homers and 67 RBI in 81 games this year.
Cruz is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
Cruz unsurprisingly sits for the third day in a row with no designated hitter spot available in Miami. The veteran should be the Twins' top pinch-hitting option if one is needed at any point in the series finale. Expect Cruz to check back into the lineup Friday and start all three of the Twins' games versus Kansas City this weekend.
Cruz remains on the bench Wednesday against the Marlins.
Cruz will sit with no designated hitter spot available under National League rules. He'd played a handful of games in the outfield over the last two seasons but hasn't received any innings in the field this year with Minnesota. Expect that pattern to continue for the final game in Miami on Thursday.
Cruz is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Cruz hasn't seen any usage in the outfield at all in 2019, and with the Twins not short on impact bats either, it wouldn't be surprising if the 39-year-old was limited to a pinch-hitting role for all three games in Miami with no designated hitter available. Cruz will likely serve as the DH in each of the Twins' three games versus Kansas City over the weekend, but three starts' worth of action might not be enough for his fantasy managers to justify including him in their lineups this week.
Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Friday's 6-2 win over the White Sox.
The veteran slugger has now gone yard in five straight games, six of the last seven and seven of the last 10, posting a mammoth .375/.457/1.050 slash line with nine homers and 13 RBI over that 10-game stretch. Cruz's power surge has helped the Twins become the fastest team in MLB history to 200 home runs in a season, while boosting his own numbers to 26 homers, 60 RBI and a .988 OPS -- his best performance in that category since he became a full-time player in 2009.
Cruz went 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI in Thursday's 10-3 rout of the White Sox.
As if he couldn't get any hotter, Cruz tallied a three-homer game for the first time in his career. The slugger crushed a 435-foot blast in the first inning, a two-run shot in the third and another two-run blast in the fifth to cap off another ridiculous night at the plate. According to Baseball Prospectus, Cruz is now the 10th player in major league history to notch a three-homer game after turning 39. Meanwhile, Cruz has homered six times over the last four contests, raising his season slash line to .278/.370/.599 with 58 RBI and 49 runs scored.
Cruz went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and another run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.
Cruz notched his 22nd homer of the year, a solo shot off Nestor Cortes Jr. in the fifth inning. He'd also crossed the plate with the Twins' first run of the game on a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario in the first inning. The 39-year-old has now gone deep four times over the last five games, upping his season slash line to .272/.366/.566 with 53 RBI and 46 runs scored.
Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run -- his 21st of the season -- and an additional run in Tuesday's 14-12 loss to the Yankees in 10 innings.
Cruz has gone deep three times in the Twins' last four games, boosting his season OPS to .919. That mark is roughly on par with what Cruz posted over his previous four campaigns with the Mariners, assuaging any concerns about any decline setting in during his age-39 season.
Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Athletics.
Cruz took Brett Anderson deep in the first inning to record his 19th home run of the season. The effort extended his hitting streak to a modest four games and also marked his third long since the All-Star break. The 39-year-old continues to perform well at the plate and is currently hitting .270/.363/.548 across 303 plate appearances.
Cruz (heel) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.
Right heel discomfort forced Cruz from Friday's game in the fourth inning, but apparently it was a minor issue as Cruz will not even miss a start. As the three-hole hitter, Cruz will look to build upon his already-impressive track record against Rangers starter Jesse Chavez (8-for-18, four homers).
Cruz left Friday's game in the fourth inning with right heel discomfort, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Miguel Sano replaced him in lineup. The move was called precautionary, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the final two games before the All-Star break if it's still bothering him Saturday.
Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Athletics.
Cruz returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's contest and recorded his third game with three or more hits in his past seven starts. He's also flashed plenty of power in that span, collecting three doubles and three home runs with seven runs scored and 10 RBI. Overall, he's hitting .286/.371/.567 across 256 plate appearances.
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