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48 Tony Cruz C
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 8/18/1986 | Birthplace: Palm Beach, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Palm Beach CC FL | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 955.00
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Cardinals add five to active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Cardinals recalled pitchers Marco Gonzalez, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz from Triple-A Memphis Tuesday, to take advantage of roster expansion.

The team also activated pitcher Jason Motte from the disabled list, after his recovery from a back strain in early August. 


Tony Cruz sent to Double-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Cardinals optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield Friday, in order to clear a roster spot for the return of Yadier Molina.

Cruz is expected back with the team when rosters expand Sept. 1. He is struggling through his worst offensive season, hitting just .195/.267/.236 in 123 at-bats. 


Audry Perez called up, to back up Tony Cruz following Yadier Molina injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Cardinals recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis Thursday, following Yadier Molina's placement on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Perez will likely serve as the primary backup to Tony Cruz, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Molina could be out for the rest of the regular season following a torn ligament in his thumb. 


Tony Cruz drives in two Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz played a big role in the team's 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Cruz had just one hit, but it was a big one. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Cruz hit a two-run single to center. He finished 1 for 2, with no runs scored and two RBI. 


Tony Cruz plays rare role of hero in St. Louis victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Cardinals backup catcher Tony Cruz certainly took advantage of a rare start Saturday in Washington.

Cruz singled in two runs in the third to give his team the lead and added another single in the ninth to raise his batting average to .444 on the season, albeit in only nine at-bats.


Tony Cruz able to take batting practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz was able to take batting practice Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Cruz was activated from the disabled list September 1, but isn't ready to play yet. Cruz has been dealing with a stress fracture in his forearm, and has been out since August 14. Cruz plans to take early indoor batting practice Thursday, with hopes of again taking batting practice on the field with the team.

Cruz is hitting .212/.257/.303 in 99 at-bats. 


Cardinals activate Tony Cruz off 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Cardinals activated catcher Tony Cruz (forearm) off the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Cruz, who has been sidelined since mid-August, is batting .212 with one home run and 11 RBI in 41 games.

Cruz has not swung a bat and might not do so until Wednesday or Thursday. His forearm feels better, but since he can't hit, Cruz is only available in an emergency, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Tony Cruz needs more time on DL


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz (forearm) is not expected to return from the disabled list Friday, the first day that he's eligible to do so, MLB.com reports Monday.

General manager John Mozeliak said the catcher is more likely going to need 7-10 more days. Cruz has yet to resume swinging or catching.

Forearm injury lands Tony Cruz on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) The Cardinals placed catcher Tony Cruz on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a stress fracture in his left forearm. Cruz, who had filled in as the starting catcher with Yadier Molina (knee) sidelined, hit .225 with one home run, two doubles and five RBI in 12 August games (10 starts).

Cruz has been playing with a microfracture in his left forearm for nearly two months, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals said it got worse with increased playing time and at-bats.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Cruz will rest for 7-10 days before being re-evaluated. The team does expect Cruz to return to action in September.


Tony Cruz connects for first home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz hit his first home run of the season during Sunday's 15-2 win at Cincinnati. Cruz finished 2 for 4 with two RBI, two runs and one walk.

Cruz, who has assumed the starting job with Yadier Molina (knee) on the disabled list, is batting .308 (12 for 39) in his last 14 games (nine starts).


Cruz looking like backup catcher


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2013) The Cardinals plan to keep Tony Cruz as the backup catcher this season, though the backstop still has to prove himself in camp, reports MLB.com Wednesday. The Cardinals signed J.R. Towles and Rob Johnson for depth, but manager Mike Matheny still likes Cruz for the role. "[I told them] that Tony did a great job for us last year," Matheny said. "I don't want to have them under the misconception in that this is a wide-open spot because Tony did everything asked of him last year."