Mariners’ Nelson Cruz lands on DL after spraining ankle

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Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run off of starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians that also scored Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a game at Safeco Field on March 29, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.
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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained right ankle in the season-opening series against Cleveland.

Seattle made the move Tuesday before beginning a two-game series in San Francisco where Cruz was unlikely to play. The move was retroactive to April 1. The Mariners recalled utility player Taylor Motter to take Cruz’s spot on the roster. Daniel Vogelbach is likely to get the majority of at-bats at designated hitter while Cruz is out.

Cruz started the season with two homers in his first six at-bats, but slipped on the dugout steps following a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against Cleveland. X-rays were negative.

Cruz is the fourth Seattle starter on the disabled list, joining catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Ben Gamel and pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.

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