Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 days ago

Cruz went 3-for-4 with his 39th homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs in Wednesday's 8-2 romp over the A's.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 days ago

Cruz hit his 38th home run, a solo shot, in Tuesday's win over Oakland.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz will return to the starting lineup Friday against the Boston Red Sox after recovering from a neck injury, according to MLB.com. Cruz last played on Tuesday and will bat third as the designated hitter Friday.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles because of a neck injury, according to the team's official website. Cruz left Tuesday's game in the seventh inning with neck spasms after going 1-for-3 with a home run to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Franklin Gutierrez will be the designated hitter on Wednesday in place of Cruz, who leads Major League Baseball with 34 home runs this season. He is having one of his best statistical seasons of his career, as in addition to his home run total, he is hitting .324 after 112 games, his highest batting average since he hit .330 in just 31 appearances in 2008. Despite the solid play they have gotten from Cruz, the Mariners enter Wednesday's game with a 53-61 record, which puts them eight games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the AL West.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs Saturday in a win against the Angels.

Cruz was batting .341 with 18 homers on May 27. In the 40 games since, he's hitting .274 with three home runs. As expected, the scorching numbers he started the year with weren't sustainable, but he should be good for about 10-12 homers in the second half.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz went 2-for-5 with his 20th homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday against the Padres.

One day into July, Cruz has already matched his June homer total. After being simply spectacular over the season's first two months, Cruz slumped badly for a while there, but it appears he's pulling out of it -- he's now hit safely in five straight games, with four of his seven hits in that span going for extra bases.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz (pelvic bone) is in Tuesday's lineup playing DH and hitting fourth against the Royals.

Cruz has just a one extra-base hit (a double) in 24 career at-bats against Tuesday's starter for Kansas City, Jeremy Guthrie, so he may not be an ideal play in daily leagues. Still, owners should consider him healthy moving forward.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz injured his pelvic bone, rather than his hamstring, during Monday's game against the Royals, MLB.com reports.

The injury was initially reported as hamstring tightness, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon provided an update after the game, saying that Cruz's pelvic bone briefly popped out of place. McClendon also said he's not sure how the injury happened, and the team is optimistic it won't be a long-term issue.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz departed Monday night's game because of tightness in his right hamstring, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma New Tribune reports.

Dustin Ackley hit for Cruz, who'd gone 0-for-3 before departing, in the seventh inning. He'll likely be sent for testing Tuesday, assuming this is more than a mild tweak or cramp. Cruz can be considered day-to-day for the time being.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo homer -- his first long ball since May 27 -- and a walk Saturday against the Astros.

Finally, Cruz broke out of his power slump -- he had just one extra-base hit (a double) in that 20-game span between homers. His season numbers are a testament to just how ridiculous Cruz had been before that, as he's still sitting on a .315 average and 19 homers in 2015. Of course, that average is boosted by an unsustainable .370 BABIP -- he didn't finish with a BABIP higher than .301 in any of the last four seasons -- and it's hard to believe that he can sustain his career-high 27.9 percent HR/FB while playing half his games in Safeco. With his numbers still looking elite, this may be a good time to sell high on Cruz.