Twins DH Nelson Cruz will undergo an MRI exam on his injured left wrist on Monday.
Cruz hurt his wrist on a swing and a miss yesterday, though he said after yesterday’s game that he has been dealing with some nagging soreness. That may be a good sign, actually, as a sudden hurt wrist on a swing and a miss is often stuff like a hamate bone or a ligament tear or something. This could be anything but the fact that it wasn’t a sudden thing might be good. OK, I’ll stop pretending to be a doctor now.
Cruz, who signed a one-year, $14.3 million deal with Minnesota before the 2019 season, has been a nice addition to a suddenly power-packed Twins lineup, hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven homers and 22 driven in in 35 games. His presence will be missed if he has to hit the injured list.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.