Mariners injuries mount, Nelson Cruz on DL
This was not what we wanted to see from the Seattle Mariners, star slugger Nelson Cruz has just been put on the 10 day disabled list. He is the 5th player to go on the DL in just 5 days.
“You can’t explain it,” Cruz said earlier this spring. “It’s just injuries. Every year is different. You can’t compare one year to the other. You just go out there and try to stay healthy. You can’t start thinking about injuries. If you can’t play they got to put somebody out there. You have to stay positive, no matter the situation.”
The cleanup hitter went 2 for 6 against the Cleveland Indians with 4 RBI before spraining his ankle when he slipped on a stairwell. Cruz has averaged 42 home runs with the Mariners and had a career best 119 RBIs last year. Losing the Boomstick will take the wind out of the Mariner’s sails as the ugly specter of last season’s injuries looms near.
Last year, the M’s had a club record 61 different players (2nd most in MLB history). With 16 different players on the DL they tied a major-league record using 40 different pitchers. Well, this year is starting off similarly with injuries to RP David Phelps, OF Ben Gamel, C Mike Zuninio, SP Erasmo Ramierez, and SP Hisashi Iwakuma.
“We’ll make adjustments. That’s part of it. We’ve had to deal with some crazy things that have happened throughout the course of the year. We’ve had a lot happen here early.” –manager Scott Servais