The Minnesota Twins slugger ruptured his left wrist tendon last week, but won’t need surgery after seeing a specialist in New York.
The Minnesota Twins may be feeling a little down after dropping three-of-four games to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, but they were able to get some good news on Monday. According to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz will not need surgery on his ruptured wrist tendon after seeing a specialist in New York over the weekend.
Cruz injured his wrist in the Aug. 8 game against the Indians when he felt pain in his wrist after taking a swing against Mike Clevinger. After being checked by trainers, Cruz had to leave the game immediately and was later diagnosed with a sprained left wrist, which later turned into a ruptured tendon and his second stint on the injured list this season.
Although the injury sounds painful, it doesn’t sound like Cruz will miss the extended time that was feared when surgery was brought up as a possibility. This is great news for the Twins considering the 39-year old was in the midst of one of the hottest stretches of his career by hitting .373 with 15 HR and 30 RBI in his past 21 games including the first two three-homer games of his career.
Cruz went on to say that most of the pain subsided after a day of rest on Friday and that he doesn’t feel any pain in the affected area. With no side effects, the hope is that Cruz can return after the mandatory 10-days and can be ready to go by the time the Twins host the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 19.