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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Nelson Cruz will not need surgery for wrist injury

Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz is currently on the injured list with a wrist ailment that also forced him to miss time earlier in the season, but the Minnesota Twins slugger got some good news after visiting with a specialist on Monday.

Cruz has been diagnosed with a ruptured ECU tendon in his left wrist, which probably sounds a lot worse than it is. Fortunately, a doctor did not find any additional damage on Monday, and he will not need to undergo surgery. It sounds like the 39-year-old should return sooner rather than later.

Cruz has proven this year that he is still capable of producing at a high level despite his age. He has 32 home runs and 76 RBI in 78 games and currently boasts a career-high .650 slugging percentage and 1.034 OPS. The DH has been a huge part of Minnesota’s offense, so it’s obviously a relief that he is expected back in the near future.

The Twins entered Monday tied with the Cleveland Indians for first in the AL Central.

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