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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: 5 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:25 am ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Molina is dealing with knee soreness after taking a foul tip off his knee guard Friday.

"He's feeling better, but we just need to take at least another day," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "He can hit. He can run. But squatting is the issue right now."

The team called up a catcher before Sunday's game to back up Tony Cruz, who is batting eighth Sunday while making his third start in the last four days.

The Cardinals are road favorites (-144) in Milwaukee Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.

Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

Cards C Molina (knee) out of Saturday's starting lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) After leaving Friday's game following a foul tip off his right knee guard, catcher Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday, replaced by backup Tony Cruz.

Molina, who took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution, said his knee is just sore and doesn't expect to go on the disabled list.

"It's little sore, a little tight," said Molina to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's about the same right now," he said. "Hopefully, with treatment, I can get back on track (Sunday). That's what I'm shooting for."

This will be the second time this season Molina is not in the Cards' starting lineup, sitting out Thursday as a scheduled rest day.

Cruz has one hit in five at-bats this season.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina gets first day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received his first day off of the 2015 season Thursday against the Nationals. Tony Cruz replaced Molina, who had started the first 13 games.

After opening the season 0 for 10, Molina is batting .385 (15 for 39) with four doubles and seven RBI in his last 10 games.


Cardinals activate Tony Cruz from paternity list, option Ed Easley


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Cardinals activated catcher Tony Cruz from the paternity list Monday and optioned catcher Ed Easley to Triple-A Memphis.

Neither Cruz nor Easley has yet to appear in a game for the Cardinals this season. Cruz will return to a reserve role behind Yadier Molina.


Cardinals' Cruz goes on paternity leave, Easley recalled from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz was placed on the three-day paternity leave list, the team announced Friday. The Cardinals recalled catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis to take his roster spot.

Cardinals, Tony Cruz agree to one-year, $775,000 contract


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Cardinals announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with catcher Tony Cruz. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $775,000, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cruz hit .200 with one home run, five doubles and 17 RBI in 50 games last season for St. Louis. He is a career .225 hitter with three home runs and 47 RBI in 190 games.


Cardinals' Tony Cruz goes yard Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz managed a big hit Thursday against the Giants.

Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Cardinals call upon Tony Cruz for Game 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Cardinals will go with Tony Cruz behind the plate for Game 5.

With Yadier Molina still unable to return due to an oblique injury, the team will turn to Cruz. A.J. Pierzynski got the nod for Game 4, but will be relagated to the bench Game 5. Cruz hit .200/.270/.259 over 135 at-bats in the regular season. 


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."