Nelson Cruz Suffers Ankle Injury Slipping on Mariners' Dugout Steps After HR

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2018

BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Nelson Cruz  #23  of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on May 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz left Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians because of an ankle injury.

According to the News Tribune's TJ Cotterill, manager Scott Servais said Cruz twisted his ankle slipping on the steps when he returned to the dugout following a home run in the sixth inning at Safeco Field.

Despite this setback, Cruz has been durable in recent years and played at least 152 games four straight seasons from 2014 through 2017.

The five-time All-Star is one of the best power hitters in the league when healthy. He drilled 40 home runs in 2014, 44 in 2015, 43 in 2016 and 39 last year and is 2-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in 2018.

While the Mariners can turn to Daniel Vogelbach to play designated hitter during Cruz's potential absence, they can't realistically expect him to replicate the production the normal starter does on a nightly basis.

Seattle likely needs Cruz back and healthy as one of the anchors of its lineup if it hopes to challenge for an American League West crown this season.

Related

    Former Mariners RHP Cory Gearrin claimed off waivers by Yankees

    Seattle Mariners logo
    Seattle Mariners

    Former Mariners RHP Cory Gearrin claimed off waivers by Yankees

    sports.MyNorthwest.com
    via sports.MyNorthwest.com

    Moore: How should Félix Hernández be remembered by Seattle?

    Seattle Mariners logo
    Seattle Mariners

    Moore: How should Félix Hernández be remembered by Seattle?

    sports.MyNorthwest.com
    via sports.MyNorthwest.com

    Cory Gearrin claimed off waivers by Yankees, clearing space for Justus Sheffield promotion

    Seattle Mariners logo
    Seattle Mariners

    Cory Gearrin claimed off waivers by Yankees, clearing space for Justus Sheffield promotion

    Lookout Landing
    via Lookout Landing

    FanPost Friday: FanPosters’ Weekend

    Seattle Mariners logo
    Seattle Mariners

    FanPost Friday: FanPosters’ Weekend

    Lookout Landing
    via Lookout Landing