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  • Nelson Cruz: Retires after 19 seasons

    Cruz announced his retirement from baseball Thursday.

    After 19 seasons in the big leagues, the 43-year-old Cruz has officially decided to hang up his cleats. The seven-time All-Star spent time with eight organizations throughout his career, racking up 2,053 hits and 464 homers.

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  • Nelson Cruz: Let go by San Diego

    The Padres released Cruz on Monday.

    Cruz had been designated for assignment a week ago after batting just .245/.283/.399 with a 30.3 percent strikeout rate across 49 games. This was after the 43-year-old produced just a .234/.313/.337 slash line in 2022. It's possible this is the end of the line for the seven-time All-Star.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Designated for assignment

    Cruz was designated for assignment by the Padres on Tuesday.

    Cruz signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Padres over the winter and was getting fairly regular starts in the DH role, but he has suddenly been dropped from the 40-man roster after ultimately slashing just .245/.283/.399 with five homers and 23 RBI across 49 games. Rougned Odor looks poised for an uptick in playing time as part of the fallout from this move. He is at third base Tuesday with Manny Machado taking a turn as the DH.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: On bench against righty

    Cruz is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.

    Cruz had started at designated hitter in five of the previous seven games, but four came versus left-handed pitchers and the other came against a right-handed opener in Ryan Walker, who worked just one inning for the Giants that day. Now on the bench for the second straight game versus a right-hander (Luis Ortiz) after he sat out against righty Mitch Keller on Wednesday, Cruz still appears to be stuck in the short-side platoon role at designated hitter that he's handled all season. While Matt Carpenter has lost hold of the strong-side role due to his ongoing struggles at the plate, the Padres have turned to another left-handed hitter in Rougned Odor to replace him.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: On bench Wednesday

    Cruz is not in the lineup Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Matt Carpenter will handle the DH role and bat eighth as the Padres square off against the Pirates and right-hander Mitch Keller. Cruz has picked it up in recent weeks and is drawing the majority of starts at DH, but the veteran slugger holds a relatively underwhelming .250/.291/.417 season slash line.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Not starting Saturday

    Cruz isn't in the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Nationals, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    After going 2-for-10 with four RBI and five strikeouts across his last three games, Cruz will get a day to rest Saturday. Rougned Odor will fill in as San Diego's designated hitter and bat eighth.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Hits solo blast Friday

    Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Cruz ended Shane McClanahan's outing with a solo shot in the seventh inning, accounting for the only run the Padres were able to score against Tampa's ace. The long ball was the second in three games for Cruz since he was activated off the injured list June 13. The veteran slugger appears to be San Diego's designated hitter of choice against southpaws, while Matt Carpenter has been getting starts at the position against righties.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Homers off bench

    Cruz went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Guardians.

    This was Cruz's first game action since he returned from a hamstring injury that cost him two weeks. He didn't start Wednesday, but he entered the game as a pinch hitter for Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning before going deep in the eighth. Cruz is up to four homers, 17 RBI, eight runs scored and a stolen base over 113 plate appearances, but he has just a .243/.274/.411 slash line. There's still some power in his bat, but it's unclear if he'll be able to retake a spot in the starting lineup over Carpenter. Cruz may have to settle into a short-side platoon role.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Activated from injured list

    Cruz (hamstring) was activated Tuesday from the 10-day injured list, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Cruz is not in the Padres' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Guardians, but the 42-year-old should be available off the bench. He wound up missing a little less than two weeks because of a right hamstring strain. Alfonso Rivas was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to clear space for Cruz.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Hitting well in rehab stint

    Cruz (hamstring) has gone 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI through two rehab appearances with Triple-A El Paso.

    Cruz is getting ready to return to San Diego after suffering a right hamstring injury May 31. The fact that he's already playing in minor-league contests suggests that the issue wasn't severe and that the veteran could serve the minimum amount of time on the IL. Cruz is eligible to return to the big club Sunday, though his playing time could take a bit of a hit with the Padres' recent addition of Gary Sanchez, who is playing on a near-everyday basis and is making his second start at DH for the team Saturday.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Starts up rehab assignment

    Cruz (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A El Paso.

    Cruz is only a week removed from suffering a right hamstring strain and could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible this weekend. The veteran slugger has posted a rough .651 OPS with only three home runs through 36 games (111 plate appearances) this season with the Padres and might lose some DH looks to the recently acquired Gary Sanchez.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Nursing sore hamstring

    Cruz is dealing with some hamstring soreness after tweaking his leg while running out a grounder during Wednesday's game versus the Marlins, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    It's seemingly part of the reason why he wasn't in the lineup Thursday versus a lefty, although Cruz's .118 average since May 5 was perhaps also a factor. Gary Sanchez started at designated hitter instead and homered. With both Cruz and Matt Carpenter struggling, Sanchez could potentially siphon some DH at-bats.

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  • Padres' Nelson Cruz: Placed on 10-day IL

    Cruz was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 1, with a right hamstring strain.

    Cruz suffered the injury while trying to leg out a grounder in the Padres' loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. Maybe some time away can help the veteran slugger reset himself, as he's struggled to a .238/.270/.381 batting line with three home runs through 111 plate appearances this year.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
Age: 43
Experience: 15
Bats/Throws: R, R