Nelson Cruz, Andrew Romine join Mariners’ pile of injuries
Whether it’s coincidence, bad luck or for another reason, it feels like the Mariners can’t get through a day without an injury.
On Tuesday, two more players joined the Mariners’ ever-growing list of players with a minor issue.
All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz was first, tweaking a quadriceps muscle while running out of the batter’s box in Seattle’s 8-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Utility infielder candidate Andrew Romine suffered a shoulder injury later in the contest on an attempted tag in the field.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said after the game that Cruz went back to the team’s spring training complex after exiting the game, and the team will be awaiting test results later in the night or Wednesday morning.
“He felt it the first two steps out of the box … He knew right away there was an issue,” Servais said of Cruz.
Romine’s status wasn’t immediately clear either.
“Certainly was bothering him, he was in some pain there,” Servais said of Romine’s shoulder.
This spring alone, the Mariners have seen veteran starter Felix Hernandez get hit by a line drive near his elbow, southpaw starter Marco Gonzales take a hard comebacker off his non-throwing hand, All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano re-aggravate a hamstring strain from last season, outfielder Mitch Haniger held back by tendinitis in his hand, outfielder Ben Gamel be ruled out for the start of the season with an oblique strain, pitcher Erasmo Ramirez shut down for multiple weeks with a lat strain, and first baseman Ryon Healy undergo surgery to remove bone spurs in his hand. They also released reliever Tony Zych due to a lingering shoulder injury.