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Twins activate Nelson Cruz from injured list

Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 01: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of the game on May 1, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Astros 6-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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The Twins announced on Monday that DH Nelson Cruz has been activated from the injured list. To make room on the 25-man roster, Luis Arraez was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

Cruz, 38, spent three weeks on the IL due to a strained left wrist. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .270/.354/.508 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 144 plate appearances. Despite Cruz’s absence, the Twins went 15-4 between May 13 and June 2.

Arraez, 22, made his major league debut on May 18. Across 10 games, he hit .375 with a pair of doubles, a home run, and three RBI in 30 trips to the plate. Arraez certainly showed enough in a small sample to warrant another call-up later in the season when the Twins need reinforcements.

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