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Mariners activate DH Cruz off DL

Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

Cruz sprained his right ankle in the second game of the season after he slipped on the dugout steps following a home run on March 31. He also homered in Seattle’s season opener.

The Mariners optioned right-hander Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Tacoma to open the roster spot.

The activation of Cruz wasn’t a surprise based on comments made by Seattle manager Scott Servais on Friday.

“He let me know where he was at,” Servais told reporters of the Friday phone call he received from Cruz, “and very sternly said he was ready to go.”

The 37-year-old Cruz fell one homer shy of his fourth consecutive 40-homer campaign last season. He averaged 42 homers and 106 RBIs in his first three seasons with Seattle and has 325 career homers and 918 RBIs in 1,427 career games.

–Field Level Media

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