Juan Cruz RP PHI Feb 13 '13

Phillies released RHP Juan Cruz.

The Phillies signed Cruz to a minor league deal in January, but he reportedly asked out of the contract after the club recently added Chad Durbin. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 2.78 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates and should be able to latch on elsewhere.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Feb 12 '13

Juan Cruz hasn't reported to Phillies' camp due to a miscommunication about his report date.

He'll presumably show up to camp within the next few days. Cruz signed a minor league deal with the Phillies over the winter after posting a 2.78 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season. He should be in the mix for a bullpen spot this spring.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Jan 15 '13

Phillies signed RHP Juan Cruz to a minor league contract.

He'll receive an invitation to spring training. Cruz posted a 2.78 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 33/19 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season before they decided to cut him loose in August. The veteran reliever should have a decent shot at grabbing one of the final spots in the Phils' pen.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Aug 20 '12

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the Pirates will release Juan Cruz if he clears waivers.

Cruz was designated for assignment Monday. "At this point, we've got some young guys who've passed him," Hurdle said. Cruz posted a 2.78 ERA in 43 appearances for the Pirates, so he should be able to catch on somewhere.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Aug 20 '12

Pirates designated RHP Juan Cruz for assignment.

Cruz gets the boot after blowing a save during an eventual 19-inning win against the Cardinals on Sunday. The veteran right-hander has a 2.78 ERA in 43 appearances this season, but he has also walked 19 batters in 35 2/3 innings. The Pirates evidently believe they can do better in their bullpen down the stretch.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Aug 09 '12

Juan Cruz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw one inning Thursday for Double-A Altoona.

Cruz was originally scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Monday, but was apparently pushed back. The veteran right-hander is expected to need four appearances before rejoining the Pirates' bullpen.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Aug 06 '12

Juan Cruz (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Altoona.

He's scheduled to throw one inning and will likely need a couple more appearances before being activated. The veteran right-hander hasn't pitched since July 17 due to right shoulder inflammation.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Jul 30 '12

Juan Cruz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 25-30 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

If all goes well, he'll likely head out on a minor league rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander is expected to make about four appearances before rejoining the Pirates' bullpen.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Jul 28 '12

Juan Cruz (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a throwing program.

The Pirates have yet to determine when Cruz can throw off a mound, or if he'll need a rehab assignment. He isn't likely to return from the disabled list when first eligible.

Juan Cruz RP PHI Jul 21 '12

Pirates placed RHP Juan Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

It's not clear how long he will be out or if he's undergone an MRI yet, but it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list when first eligible. Evan Meek is replacing him on the active roster.