Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
2 days ago

Cruz is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger hit .300 (6-for-20) with three home runs and five RBI in the WBC as Team Dominican Republic fell short in its bid to advance to the tournament's semi-final round with a loss to Team USA on Saturday night. Manager Scott Servais has indicated he'll likely wait until Wednesday or Thursday to get Cruz back into game action considering he got plenty of game action during the WBC.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
2 weeks ago

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Team Dominican Republic's 7-5 WBC victory over Team USA on Saturday night.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger produced some spectacular heroics at the expense of Team USA's Andrew Miller, jacking an 0-2 slider inside the left-field foul pole at Marlins Park at an exit velocity of 107 mph and launch angle of 23 degrees. The blast gave Team Dominican Republic an eighth-inning 6-5 lead that they would tack one more run onto courtesy of a solo homer from Cruz's former Mariners teammate Ketel Marte. Cruz leads the majors with 127 homers over the past three seasons and is still second on the Mariners this spring with six RBI despite having played in only six contests before departing for the WBC.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
3 weeks ago

Cruz went 2-for-2 with a single, solo homer, RBI walk and two runs in Sunday's 13-2 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz appears intent on getting a full spring training's worth of production in before departing in March for the WBC, as he's now gone 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI over his first two Cactus League games. Sunday's blast came off Padres starter Zach Lee in the second inning, and Cruz then drove in another run in the third with a bases-loaded walk that plated Ben Gamel. He'll get Monday's tilt against the Royals off after playing in back-to-back games.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
4 weeks ago

Cruz went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz got his spring off to a momentous start by taking Padres starter Paul Clemens deep in the first inning. The veteran slugger played four innings overall and will be back in action in Sunday's rematch. The Mariners have stated they'll get Cruz and fellow Team Dominican Republic teammate Robinson Cano plenty of work before they depart for the WBC in March.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
4 weeks ago

Cruz, who, along with teammate Robinson Cano, will leave the Mariners in March to join Team Dominican Republic in the WBC, will see plenty of action in early spring training games, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "They will play a little more than normal before they head off to the WBC. They want to get some timing down and make sure they feel good at the plate. You will see those guys play more than just every other day."

EDGE Analysis

Cruz is slated to bat cleanup in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres, and the plan is apparently for him to be in the majority of games before he departs Mariners camp in March. The veteran slugger will look to extend his 40-homer streak to four seasons in 2017 while once again serving as an integral component of the Seattle lineup.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz, who will try to help the Mariners break their 15-year postseason drought in 2017, is highly optimistic about the coming season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I think we're more ready," the 36-year-old designated hitter said. "If you go from Kyle [Seager] to all the young guys that were here, guys that haven't been in the playoffs, the last week and a half last year was very exciting.

Every at-bat was important, every pitch was important. But we came up short. So we need to make sure this year we're on top and clinch early."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger has a full schedule, considering he'll also be helping Team Dominican Republic defend its World Baseball Classic title alongside Mariners teammate Robinson Cano next month. Cruz's main focus is on his major league squad, however, as he attempts to help Seattle break its dubious streak of missing the postseason. Following an impressive 2016 campaign that saw him post a .287/.360/.555 line with 43 homers and 105 RBI, Cruz didn't rest on his laurels in the offseason, toiling away at the gym and checking in to spring training five pounds lighter than at the end of last season. With Seattle just missing an AL wild-card berth in 2016, Cruz is hopeful that the experience of competing late in the season, along with the flurry of offseason moves by general manager Jerry DiPoto, will be enough to propel the Mariners to the next level. "Now hopefully we can stay healthy. We should be in good shape. We should be at the top of the division."

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
1 month ago

Cruz will suit up for Team Dominican in this year's WBC, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger will join teammate Robinson Cano as three-time participants in the tournament, with both having also been part of the 2009 and 2013 editions. Cruz is coming off his second 100-RBI season in the last three campaigns, and also eclipsed the 40-homer mark for the third consecutive season in 2016. He'll join a talent-laden roster on Team USA that will also feature the Orioles' Adam Jones, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Marlins teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich as outfield options for manager Jim Leyland.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
6 months ago

Cruz is out of the lineup Sunday against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz has been unstoppable at the plate recently. Over the last seven games, he's posted an incredible .345/.406/.759 line and hit four home runs. However, he'll head to the bench Sunday while Robinson Cano serves as Seattle's DH.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
6 months ago

Cruz had two hits Friday, including his 42nd homer of the season, as the Mariners kept their playoff hopes alive with a win against the A's.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz aggravated a sore wrist earlier this week, but has three multi-hit games since. Cruz crushed it in September (1.053 OPS), but he's been on a tear his last eight games with six multi-hit games, five home runs, two doubles and 11 RBI. He is two homers from his career-high 44.

Nelson Cruz
RF/DH SEA
6 months ago

Cruz (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz aggravated his sore left wrist during Sunday's game but still managed a pair of home runs before exiting, running his season-long total to 41. While Cruz acknowledged that he was dealing with pain after the game, he told reporters Sunday night that he expected to be in Monday's lineup. That will, indeed, be the case, as Cruz is slated to serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Houston's Collin McHugh.