The Yankees have apparently signed Luis Cruz to a minor league deal, but the details are not very certain. It was believed he had signed with the team yesterday after refusing an assignment from the Dodgers and becoming a free agent, but then Cruz apparently denied he had signed with anyone. Now it looks like he's with the Yankees:
Luis Cruz is on the Yankees team bus. Sounds like Jayson Nix might be headed for the disabled list.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 3, 2013
This signing seems to coincide with the report that Jayson Nix was suffering from a sore hamstring, leading him to sit during Tuesday night's game. The initial report was that it wasn't serious and he could be available if the Yankees needed him, then the story was drowned out by Hiroki Kuroda traveling to New York to have his hip examined and everyone forgot about it.
Now he's headed to the 15-day disabled list, diminishing the Yankee bench to two: Vernon Wells and Austin Romine. There is an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they may have signed Cruz to fill in for a few weeks until Eduardo Nunez can return. The Yankees have no internal options at this moment because Ronnier Mustelier and Corban Joseph (who is on the 40) are both on the disabled list, so Cruz is the next best thing.
On the season, Cruz has a .127/.175/.169 batting line (-7 wRC+) in 128 plate appearances after utterly failing as the Dodgers' starting third baseman. He was primarily a shortstop before this season and has seen time at second base as well. Enjoy!
Jayson Nix to disabled list. MRI revealed Grade 2 strain of right hamstring.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 3, 2013
This is the same injury Giancarlo Stanton had that took him out for over a month. We can't get players off the DL without putting more back on. Nunez really needs to get back here just so people like Cruz and Alberto Gonzalez aren't starting games.
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