Surging Twins Dealt Blow as Power-Hitting Nelson Cruz Put on IL for Wrist Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 17, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 12: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning on May 12, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a wrist injury. 

The team announced the move retroactive to May 14, and that infielder Luis Arraez has been recalled from Triple-A to take Cruz's spot on the 25-man roster. 

Cruz has missed Minnesota's last four games after being removed from a 5-3 loss against the Detroit Tigers on May 12 after feeling pain following a swing. His MRI results came back negative, but he was unable to avoid a trip to the injury list. 

"It's painful," Cruz told reporters of the injury. 

Losing Cruz would normally leave a significant void in the Twins' lineup. The 38-year-old is hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 35 games. 

Fortunately, Minnesota is in a great position to stay strong without Cruz available. The team ranks third in MLB with 80 homers and fifth with 233 runs scored entering Friday. Their offense has catapulted them to the top of the American League Central with a 28-15 record. 

The Twins have eight players with at least six homers already this season. They finished 2018 with 166 home runs en route to a disappointing 78-84 mark. 

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