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Twins place DH Nelson Cruz on injured list

Matt Johnson
MLB free agents: Nelson Cruz
Aug 5, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of a critical divisional series against the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins will now be without their best and hottest hitter for the foreseeable future.

Minnesota placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day injured list after he aggravated his sprained left wrist.

Losing Cruz’s bat in the lineup will certainly be a massive blow for Minnesota. The 39-year-old slugger tore the cover off the ball after the All-Star Break with 16 home runs, 30 RBI and a .333/.429/.900 slash line over his past 90 at-bats.

Cruz played a critical role in Minnesota’s offensive explosion in recent weeks. He aggravated the strain in his left wrist on Thursday and now will head to the injured list for the second time this season.

Minnesota will likely exercise extreme caution with its top slugger and not allow him to swing a bat until he is free of pain in the wrist. He currently remains without a firm timetable for a return.