Nelson Cruz pulled with bruised foot after second HBP

May 16, 2018
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz is hit by a pitch on his right foot during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. Cruz was assisted off the field and left the game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was pulled from a game with a bruised right foot after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning Tuesday night.

Cruz was struck by a changeup from Texas’ Brandon Mann and limped to the dugout with the help of two staff members. Seattle says X-rays were negative and that Cruz will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

It was the second time Cruz was hit by a pitch in the game. Starter Mike Minor plunked him in the third inning.

Cruz was making his 358th start at designated hitter for Seattle, which broke a tie with Ken Phelps for most in franchise history.

His seven home runs this season are third-most on the team behind Mitch Haniger (10) and Ryon Healy (eight).

Seattle lost star Robinson Cano to an 80-game suspension for a violation of baseball’s drug agreement earlier in the day.


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