HOUSTON – Nelson Cruz, who began Sunday as the major league leader in home runs and runs batted in left the game after he was hit by a pitch from Texas’ Scott Feldman.
In the third inning, Cruz took a pitch on the hand and was immediately attended to by head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter. He stayed in the game and stole second as part of a double steal with Manny Machado.
Cruz was taken for X-Rays and was diagnosed with a bruised left hand. He’s considered day-to-day.
He was replaced in right field by David Lough in the bottom of the third.
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