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Cardinals to place Marcell Ozuna on 10-day injured list


Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna is likely headed to the 10-day injured list after sustaining a worrisome finger injury during the club’s 3-1 loss to the Padres on Friday night. No formal timetable has been released for Ozuna’s return to regular playing time, nor has a replacement been named in his stead, though Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears that outfielder Tyler O’Neill may be promoted from Triple-A Memphis.

Ozuna, 28, sustained the injuries during the third inning of Friday’s game. He grounded into a force out, then dove back to first base in order to avoid a pickoff play by the Padres’ Eric Lauer. Upon replay, it appeared that the middle fingers of his right hand crumpled against the corner of the bag, and he laid on the basepath in obvious discomfort for several seconds before exiting the field with a team trainer.

While the full extent of his injuries has yet to be revealed, it’s clearly severe enough to warrant some time on the injured list. Per Goold, there’s some speculation that Ozuna may have fractured his middle finger during the incident. It was later determined that the pickoff attempt had been successful, and, following Ozuna’s departure, he was replaced in the lineup and on the field by left fielder Yairo Muñoz.

Through Friday, Ozuna carries a healthy .259/.331/.515 batting line with 20 home runs, 62 RBI, and an .847 OPS across 326 plate appearances. This figures to be his first stint on the IL since he was sidelined with a bout of right shoulder inflammation last fall.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.