Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 week ago

Cruz (illness) is batting third as the designated hitter Monday against the Astros, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz has been cleared to rejoin the lineup after missing Sunday's game with an illness. The veteran slugger, who is slashing .265/.351/.534 with 36 homers this season, will face rookie southpaw Framber Valdez in his return to action.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 week ago

Cruz was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Angels due to an illness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz appears to have caught the bug that's been making its way through the clubhouse. Daniel Vogelbach took his place as the designated hitter. The veteran slugger should be considered day-to-day. It's worth noting that Jean Segura missed three games earlier in the week due to an illness.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
3 weeks ago

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and double and scored two runs Wednesday in the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Even though Cruz turned 38 in July, few power hitters have remained as bankable as him over the past decade. The long ball was his 34th of the season, putting him well on his way to surpass the 35-homer barrier for the fifth straight year. Though the Mariners have fallen off the pace in the wild-card race during the second half, Cruz should benefit from consistent at-bats for most of September while the team's slim playoff hopes remain alive.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
3 weeks ago1 Comment

Cruz is dealing with a bruise on his foot after hitting a foul ball off himself Saturday night against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz managed to go 1-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's series finale, and he'll try to play through the minor injury moving forward. Given the nature of the injury, it's entirely possible he won't miss any time, especially during such a crucial part of the regular season. The Mariners are slated to begin a three-game series with the Orioles on Monday.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
3 weeks ago

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Seattle's 7-5 defeat to Oakland on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

That's now 33 long balls for the veteran slugger, who continues to make a mockery of Father Time in his age-38 season. He's now slashing .266/.349/.539 through 425 at-bats as he looks to make a push to reach the 40-homer threshold for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
4 weeks ago

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz provided Seattle's lone bit of offense, taking starter Jacob Nix deep with one out in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to one. The 38-year-old has been enjoying a solid August, slashing .273/.340/.557 with seven homers in the month and is now in a tie for fifth in the AL with 32 home runs on the season.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

EDGE Analysis

With no designated-hitter spot available in Arizona, Cruz will rest for the second time in the series. The Mariners are set to begin a two-game set Tuesday in another National League park in San Diego, so there's a good chance another absence or two could be on tap for Cruz during the upcoming week.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz went 2-for-5 in an extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The combination of an interleague road series and manager Scott Servais' desire to keep Cruz's potent bat in the lineup in a hitter-friendly environment led to Cruz's first start in the outfield this season. Cruz was able to play an error-free game while also contributing his seventh multi-hit effort of August. The veteran slugger has bounced back nicely from a lackluster July in which he hit only .221 to slash .274/.337/.536 with six home runs and 16 RBI over 92 plate appearances.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz will make a start in right field against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Without the use of a DH in a National League ballpark, manager Scott Servais is required to thrust Cruz into a role in the field in order to get his bat in the lineup. Cruz has yet to play an inning in the field this year, but he did manage to collect five starts in right field in 2017. He's hitting .265/.350/.537 with 31 home runs and 79 RBI this season.

Nelson Cruz
DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz is not in the lineup Friday in Arizona, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz hasn't played a single inning in the field this season. With five straight games in NL parks, it's possible he's stuck in a designated hitter role until next Thursday in Oakland. He did start five games in right field last year, however, so it's possible he's trusted enough to start a few times over the next five games.