Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz (back) is back in the lineup Friday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

After missing two games with a back issue, Cruz will slot in at DH Friday against the Astros. With lefty Brett Oberholtzer on the mound Cruz could be a strong play in daily leagues.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks ago

The extra day off Thursday was Cruz's decision, according to manager Lloyd McClendon, but Cruz is available off the bench to pinch hit, 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer reports.

It sounds like it was a pretty close call as to whether Cruz would start Thursday's game, but he apparently wants to be careful. Look for him to get back in the mix sometime this weekend.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks ago

Cruz (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Cruz will have now missed back-to-back games after exiting Tuesday's game due to back spasms. Although the American League's home run leader has reported feeling better of late, the Mariners will continue to play it cautiously with their slugger. Seth Smith will get the starting nod in right field Thursday, with Mark Trumbo set to serve as the DH.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks ago

Cruz (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday against Cleveland.

Cruz left Tuesday's game with back spasms, but was reportedly feeling better after receiving treatment. Still, he'll be held out of the lineup Wednesday with Mark Trumbo filling in in right field.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks ago

Cruz, who came out of Tuesday's game with back spasms, was feeling better after the game after getting some treatment, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Cruz's back felt much better after getting loosened up, but the team would have to update his status prior to Wednesday's game. For now he should be considered day-to-day.