Mariners getting healthy, expect Cruz back against A's

From FOX Sports - April 13, 2018

The Seattle Mariners finally got some good news on the injury front.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz took batting practice and ran the bases Friday when the Mariners returned home from a seven-game trip. Cruz seems on track to be activated from the 10-day disabled list before Saturday nights game against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.

Cruz hit home runs in the first two games of the season. He suffered a freak injury after hitting the second homer, twisting his right ankle on the bottom step of the dugout as he went to put his batting helmet and gear away.

That forced him to watch the team on TV the past week.

I was going crazy, he told A lot of cussing at umpires and plays, turning off the TV like an old guy.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he got a phone call Friday morning from Cruz.

He let me know where he was at, said Servais, and very sternly said he was ready to go.

The Mariners also got positive reports on two other starters on the DL, catcher Mike Zunino and first baseman Ryon Healy.

Zunino caught left-hander James Paxtons pregame workout Friday and also took some swings in the batting cage. Zunino suffered a strained right oblique while taking batting practice the day before the season opener. The Mariners hope he can return by the end of the seven-game homestand.


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