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June 21, 2021 06:28 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Hitting cleanup Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (neck) is hitting cleanup and starting at designated hitter Monday against the Reds.

He exited Sunday's game with nick stiffness but the issue was apparently minor. Cruz is batting .392 with five home runs in 15 games this month with just one hitless game over that dominant stretch.

June 20, 2021 04:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Battling neck tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz was removed from Sunday's game against the Rangers with neck tightness, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The veteran slugger went 1-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter during the fourth inning. Cruz should be considered day-to-day as he continues to be evaluated.

June 20, 2021 12:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Blasts two-run homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

Cruz delivered his 15th homer of the season in the fourth inning off Kolby Allard, a key blast that would tie a game the Twins would go on to win. The veteran slugger continues to provide value at the plate with his power, but he's also hitting .299 with an impressive .931 OPS. He's also hit safely in six straight games and in 13 of the Twins' last 14 contests, which translates to an impressive .388 average across the month of June.

June 17, 2021 11:52 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Hits three-run shot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Mariners.

Cruz delivered against his former team and essentially put the game out of reach with a three-run shot in the top of the fifth inning off Justus Sheffield. It was Cruz's 14th homer of the season and also extended his hitting streak to four games. In fact, the veteran slugger has hit safely in all but one game this month, slashing .390/.480/.756 with four homers, nine RBI, six runs scored and an 8:8 BB:K across 49 plate appearances in June.

June 15, 2021 11:08 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Reaches base four times in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

Cruz reached base four times but was not involved in any of the three runs the Twins put up. He's slashing .297/.373/.549 with 13 home runs, 31 RBI, 30 runs scored and a stolen base, and Cruz is striking out at one of the lowest rates of his career despite the fact that he's turning 41 in a couple of weeks. Cruz is in the final year of his contract and could be on the move to a contending team at some point with the Twins looking unlikely to make a playoff push this season.

June 12, 2021 02:40 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Goes deep again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the Astros.

After drilling a game-winning home run off Aroldis Chapman on Thursday, Cruz took Jose Urquidy deep in his first at-bat Friday to stake the Twins to an early lead. The homer extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which the veteran is batting .409 (9-for-22) with five RBI and a 6:3 BB:K.

June 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Launches game-winning homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, a double, four total RBI and a walk in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

Cruz reached base in his three plate appearances but emerged as the hero for the Twins with a game-winning, two-run shot off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth. The veteran slugger now has 11 home runs on the year and a .885 OPS, while he also extended his hitting streak to six contests.

June 9, 2021 05:12 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Rejoining lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Cruz (knee) will return to the Twins lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

Baldelli acknowledged that Cruz, who has sat out the team's past two games, is still less than 100 percent while he battles a sore left knee, but the 40-year-old will play through the injury for a Twins lineup that's already missing several key players. Before exiting the lineup with the knee injury, Cruz hadn't hit a home run in any of his last 12 games.

June 8, 2021 11:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (knee) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

Left knee stiffness will sideline Cruz for the second consecutive game. The slugger would surely be in the lineup if he was healthy enough to play, as the Twins are set to face southpaw Jordan Montgomery and Cruz has a .951 OPS against lefties this season. It's unclear when exactly Cruz will return to action.

June 6, 2021 05:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Dealing with knee stiffness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz wasn't included in the starting nine for Sunday's game against the Royals because of stiffness in his left knee, but he remains an option to come off the bench, Betsy Helfand reports.

Cruz was originally scheduled to be in the lineup, but the knee stiffness forced him to have to sit for the beginning of the series finale. Given that he's available off the bench, Cruz figures to have a good chance to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.

June 6, 2021 02:56 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Not in Sunday lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.

Cruz was not in the lineup Friday and now he'll sit for the second time in three days. He's not reported to be dealing with any sort of injury at this point, but the Twins are likely being cautious with the slugger since he dealt with a wrist issue in late May. Jorge Polanco will shift to designated hitter as Nick Gordon mans second base Sunday.

June 4, 2021 03:40 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Not in Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Royals.

Cruz had been in the lineup every game since returning from a wrist injury May 26, so this appears to be just a normal off day for the veteran slugger. Josh Donaldson will get the start at designated hitter with Willians Astudillo set to man the hot corner.

May 26, 2021 12:08 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Rejoins starting nine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) will serve as the Twins' designated hitter and bat third Wednesday against the Orioles, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

Cruz checks back into the lineup after a bruised wrist had kept him on the bench for the past six games. The veteran slugger was able to make two plate appearances as a pinch hitter in Monday's win, and after a rest day Tuesday, he looks like he'll be ready to fill an everyday role moving forward. The Twins head into Wednesday's contest with a disappointing 19-29 record, but Cruz hasn't had much of a hand in the team's struggles. The 40-year-old is holding down an .877 OPS for the season, a mark that's down compared to what he's supplied in recent years but still quite strong.

May 25, 2021 07:04 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) is not starting Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

The expectation was that Cruz would be ready to return to the starting lineup after pinch hitting Monday and making two plate appearances, but the designated hitter did not crack Tuesday's starting nine. It's unclear whether Cruz aggravated his wrist in Monday's limited action or if the Twins are just exercising caution in timing his full return.

May 25, 2021 11:40 AM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Appears as pinch hitter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) appeared as a pinch hitter and struck out along with drawing a walk as the Twins batted around in the eighth inning in Monday's win over Baltimore.

Cruz didn't start for a fifth consecutive game, but since he was able to pinch hit, it seems likely he'll return to the starting lineup Tuesday.

May 24, 2021 05:56 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Remains on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) isn't starting Monday's game against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of reports.

Cruz will miss a fifth consecutive game due to a bruised wrist, but he's still listed as day-to-day. Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter while Alex Kirilloff starts at first base.

May 23, 2021 12:20 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Missing another game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

Josh Donaldson will serve as Minnesota's designated hitter for the series finale in Cleveland while Cruz gets a fourth game off in a row due to a bruised wrist. The Twins are labeling Cruz as day-to-day for the time being, but he may need to be cleared to play in the team's upcoming series with the Orioles that begins Monday in order to avoid a trip to the injured list.

May 22, 2021 06:16 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Sits again Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) remains on the bench Saturday against Cleveland, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Cruz bruised his wrist in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Angels. He sat out the nightcap and was scratched from Friday's series opener in Cleveland after originally being scheduled to return. The Twins have yet to specify when he'll return to the lineup. Max Kepler will serve as the designated hitter Saturday.

May 21, 2021 05:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Late scratch Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) was a late scratch from Friday's lineup against Cleveland.

He suffered a bruised wrist Thursday and was in the original lineup Friday, but apparently he isn't quite ready to return. Max Kepler gets the start at designated hitter and bats third while Alex Kirilloff starts in right field.

May 21, 2021 05:32 PM
Twins' Nelson Cruz: Batting cleanup Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cruz (wrist) is batting cleanup as the designated hitter Friday against Cleveland.

The 40-year-old sat out the second game of Thursday's twin bill with a bruised wrist, but he's back in the starting nine Friday. Cruz has a .250/.301/.397 slash line with three home runs through 18 games in May.

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Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
Minnesota Twins

MLB Experience:

2011: AL LCS MVP
2014: AL Home Run Champion
2017: AL RBI Leader