Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 2 Months

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Cruz had three singles on the day, including an RBI single in the sixth inning. The RBI was Cruz' AL-best 56th of the season as he remains among the league leaders in nearly every offensive category. The three hits raised his season line back up to .306/.375/.611.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz (hand) is back in the Orioles' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Rangers.

Cruz suffered a left hand contusion Sunday when he was truck by a Scott Feldman pitch. X-rays were taken immediately and came back negative. The veteran slugger has 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 54 games this season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz (hand) had no issues gripping a bat on Monday and is expected back in the Orioles' lineup Tuesday.

The club won't officially clear Cruz until after batting practice Tuesday, but it appears that he's good to go. The outfielder caused a scare when he left Sunday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays came back clean and he's already feeling much better.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left hand contusion on Sunday.

Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Astros when he was drilled by a Scott Feldman pitch, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He may miss a game, but the slugger should be able to avoid the disabled list. He has 20 homers and 52 RBI this year.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz left Sunday's game versus the Astros after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz launched his 20th home run of 2014 to power the Orioles past the Astros 4-1 on Saturday.

Cruz hit an RBI sac fly in the top of the first inning, walked with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, and then crushed a solo shot in the top of the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-2 with three total RBI. Cruz is currently on pace for 60 homers and 156 RBI.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Astros.

Cruz wasn't able to homer to keep pace with Edwin Encarnacion, whose two homers on Thursday brought him within one of Cruz's 19 for the MLB lead. The outfielder was able to drive in the one run, keeping the MLB lead in RBI with 49. Cruz is slashing .310/.378/.660.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season Wednesday against the Brewers.

Both were solo shots, as the three guys ahead of him combined to go 2-for-15. Cruz is already more than halfway to his career high of 33 homers established in 128 games in 2009. Of course, his career high would be higher than that if not for the fact that he's played 130 games just once in his career (2012, when he had a oddly low total of 24 homers). He's still far from a sure thing to stay healthy, though now that he's DHing more than usual, he may be a better bet than he was in the past.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

Where to start? The home run was Cruz' 17th of the season, most in either league. In his eight-game hitting streak, Cruz has five home runs, four multi-hit games, 11 runs scored and nine RBI. He's batting a silly .300/.369/.632 on the season. There's generally nothing he can't do right now -- look for him to throw a shutout as a spot starter sometime in the next week.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF.. BAL 3 Months

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Indians.

Cruz hit a solo shot off Trevor Bauer in the fifth inning to end the young right-hander's day. The blast was his 16th of the season, pulling him ahead of Jose Abreu for most in baseball. His 44 RBI also lead the American League. He's hitting a ridiculous .295/.361/.612 on the year.