Rays place slugger Nelson Cruz on COVID-19 injured list

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed slugger Nelson Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list. The move was announced about one hour before the Rays hosted the Chicago White Sox in a matchup of AL division leaders. The 41-year-old Cruz was acquired from Minnesota last month. He is hitting .198 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 24 games with Tampa Bay. He has a .270 batting average, with 26 homers and 68 RBIs this season. The Rays recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza from Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move.

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