Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday, one day after he sprained his left wrist.
The 39-year-old designated hitter sustained the injury in the fourth inning of a 7-5 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians in a opener of a key four-game series in the American League Central.
Cruz grimaced in pain after swinging and missing on a 2-1 fastball from Mike Clevinger. After talking with manager Rocco Baldelli and team trainers, he left the game. C.J. Cron replaced Cruz at the plate and struck out on the next pitch.
Cruz's 32 homers were second in the AL entering the Friday night action. Cruz was second in the AL in slugging percentage (.650) and OPS (1.035). He is hitting .294 with 76 RBIs in 87 games, having missed 19 contests earlier this season after injuring the same wrist on a swing in a May 12 game against the Detroit Tigers.
Cruz had been on a hot streak, with 13 home runs in his past 16 games. He is batting .333 with 16 home runs and 30 RBIs in 25 games since the All-Star break.
--Field Level Media