Rays place Nelson Cruz on COVID-19 injured list

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list.

The move was announced about one hour before the Rays hosted the Chicago White Sox in a matchup of AL division leaders. It was not clear if Cruz tested positive for the coronavirus or was deemed a close contact of someone who did.

The 41-year-old slugger, acquired from Minnesota last month, is hitting .198 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 24 games with Tampa Bay. He has a .270 batting average, with 26 homers and 68 RBIs this season.

Cruz is 42nd on the career home run list with 443.

The Rays recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.