(6/15/2008) The Tigers outrighted reliever Francisco Cruceta to the minors. He had been designated for assignment.
Fossum up; Cruceta designated
(6/3/2008) The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of SP Casey Fossum from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. To make room for Fossum, the team designated reliever Francisco Cruceta for assignment. The right-hander gave up the winning run in a 3-2 loss in Oakland on Monday night. Fossum signed with the Tigers on April 8 as a minor league free agent. He has played for Boston, Arizona and Tampa Bay in seven major league seasons.
Tigers like what they see in Cruceta
(5/13/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Francisco Cruceta has been just about what the Tigers thought he would be when they signed him. "He is what they said he was," manager Jim Leyland said. "He has very good stuff, and if he's a strike-thrower, he'll be very good. He has to command that fastball better, but he's something to work with. He has the dreaded pitch in today's baseball world. That's the split (split-fingered fastball) and he has a good one." Cruceta has appeared in five games for the Tigers with a 3.18 ERA. He has allowed three walks and three hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.
Cruceta thrown right into mix
(5/2/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Francisco Cruceta reported to the Tigers on Thursday and his manager immediately got him on the mound. "I'm so glad to be here, man," he said. "I'm so happy right now to play the game, try to compete." He relieved to start the ninth inning with an 8-4 lead and walked the first batter he faced but retired the next three to make his first Tigers appearance successful. "If he can pitch, he'll be good," said manager Jim Leyland. "If he can't, he'll just be a nice-looking kid with a good smile."
Cruceta back from restricted list
(5/1/2008) The Detroit Tigers reinstated reliever Francisco Cruceta from the restricted list before Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees. The right-hander was brought up from Triple-A Toledo, where he was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 15 strikeouts in seven innings spanning three games.
Cruceta coming up from minors
(4/30/2008) The Tigers said Wednesday that reliever Francisco Cruceta will be called up from Triple-A Toledo and join the team in New York on Thursday.
Cruceta looks good in Triple-A
(4/23/2008)Francisco Cruceta pitched three scoreless innings for Triple-A Toledo Tuesday. It was his first official appearance for the Tigers organization after being signed as a free agent last fall. "I feel good. I've been working hard, and I'm ready," Cruceta told MLB.com. "I'm ready right now."
Cruceta nearly ready to join Triple-A
(4/21/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Tigers RHP Francisco Cruceta appears nearly ready to join Detroit's Triple-A farm club in Toledo to determine if he could help the Tigers' bullpen. Cruceta, who reported after Spring Training due to visa problems in getting out of the Dominican Republic, has been pitching at the Tigers' extended spring training camp in Lakeland, Fla. Detroit can assign him to a minor league team for up to 15 days but then will have to decide whether to add him to its major league roster or put him on waivers. He is out of options. Cruceta threw Friday but only hit 90 on the radar gun after clicking a 94 reading the day before.
Cruceta finally gets approval
(4/10/2008) The Detroit News notes that Franklin Cruceta's visa was finally approved Wednesday, and he'll now report to Class A Lakeland.
Tigers' Cruceta on restricted list
(3/30/2008) Tigers RP Francisco Cruceta was placed on the restricted list because of visa issues this spring.
Cruceta still having visa problems
(3/3/2008) According to MLB.com, Tigers RP Francisco Cruceta still hasn't arrived at camp because of visa problems. His chances of making the team this spring are dwindling. "I don't want to be discouraging or anything," manager Jim Leyland said, "but right now, I'm not counting on Cruceta at all. I know he's been throwing and he's in shape and everything, but I can't make any judgment on Cruceta and not even see him. It's not his fault. I'm not blaming anybody. I'm just saying that at some point, you have to (proceed). We're not sitting here every day saying, 'I hope Cruceta gets here.' We'd like to see it, but we're going about our business either way."
Cruceta not in camp yet
(2/20/2008) The Detroit Free Press notes that Francisco Cruceta hasn't reported to camp because of visa problems as of Tuesday, so his battle for a bullpen spot is on hold.
(5/10/2007) Rangers reliever Francisco Cruceta has started to serve illegal substance suspension, (50 games for violating MLB drug program).
SP Cruceta sent to Triple-A
(3/30/2007) The Rangers sent RHP Francisco Cruceta outright to Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday.
Rangers pitchers get one-year deals
(2/19/2007) Pitchers Frank Francisco, Armando Galarraga, Daniel Haigwood, Francisco Cruceta and John Rheinecker have all agreed to one-year contracts.
Rangers add Cruceta, cut Hairston
(10/11/2006) Rangers acquired RHP Francisco Cruceta off waivers from the Mariners and designated 2B/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues.
Cruceta has bad outing
(9/15/2006) Mariners SP Francisco Cruceta lasted only one inning Friday as the Mariners won 9-7 over Kansas City. He gave up five earned runs, four hits including a grand slam to Ryan Shealy, walked two and struck out no one.
Cruceta to start Sept. 26
(9/15/2006) Manager Mike Hargrove picked RHP Francisco Cruceta to start Friday night. It will be his first start since Sept. 26, 2004, for Cleveland against Minnesota.
Seattle promotes eight
(9/9/2006) Manager Mike Hargrove said he's not sure how much the eight minor leaguers who were called up by the team Friday will play in the final weeks of the season. They include CF Adam Jones, who played 22 games and hit .200 earlier this season. "I don't know if they'll play much at all," Hargrove said. "We'll see how it goes." Seattle recalled OF T.J. Bohn, INF Greg Dobbs, LHP Cesar Jimenez, OF Adam Jones and INF Oswaldo Navarro from Tacoma of the PCL, RHP Travis Chick from San Antonio of the Texas League. They also purchased the contracts of RHP Francisco Cruceta from Tacoma and LHP Ryan Feierabend from San Antonio.
F. Cruceta to get call soon
(9/4/2006) The Mariners plan on calling up RHP Francisco Cruceta, LHP Cesar Jimenez, INFs Greg Dobbs and Oswaldo Navarro and OFs Adam Jones and T.J. Bohn from Triple-A Tacoma, along with RHP Travis Chick and LHP Ryan Feierabend from Double-A San Antonio when the team returns home next Friday.
Seattle re-assigns Francisco Cruceta
(3/30/2006) The Seattle Mariners have re-assigned Kevin Appier, Scott Atchison, Francisco Cruceta, Sean Green, Greg Dobbs, Jose Morban, Cody Ransom, Adam Jones and Corky Miller to minor league camp.
Cruceta to battle for bullpen spot
(3/28/2006) Scott Atchison (14.53 ERA), Francisco Cruceta (4.50), Emiliano Fruto (19.06) Sean Green (11.37), Clint Nageotte (6.23), Luis E. Gonzalez (9.00) and Jake Woods (8.38) are all in a battle for the final spot in Seattle's bullpen. "We're still waiting for someone to step up," said manager Mike Hargrove. "So far, it hasn't happened. There's still time for someone to grab a job."
Creceta allows five earned runs
(3/26/2006) Right-hander Francisco Creceta, who entered Sunday's game vs. the Angels with a 0.90 ERA in five outings this spring, allowed five earned runs in two innings in relief.
M's invite Cruceta to spring camp
(1/30/2006) The Mariners invited RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Kevin Appier, RHP Francisco Cruceta, RHP Rich Dorman, LHP Lindsey Gulin, RHP Jeff Harris, RHP Jeff Heaverlo, RHP Chris Jaile, C Corky Miller, C Jeff Clement (very top prospect), C Rob Johnson, SS Asdrubal Cabrera (top prospect), 3B Greg Dobbs, INF Rayon Lampe, SS Matt Tuiasosopo (prospect) and 2B Fernando Vina to spring training.
(8/27/2005) Cleveland announced that RHP Francisco Cruceta was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners Friday.
Cruceta designated for assignment
(8/18/2005) The Indians designated Francisco Cruceta on Wednesday to make room on the roster for Jason Young, who was claimed off waivers from Colorado.
Indians option down RP Cruceta
(3/20/2005) Cleveland optioned right-hander Francisco Cruceta to Triple-A Buffalo. The Indians have 41 players remaining in camp.
Cruceta might start Saturday
(9/28/2004) The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Francisco Cruceta could start at Minnesota Saturday if Cliff Lee gets benched after Tuesday's game at Kansas City. He has a chance to be a spot starter next season. "We're looking at him as more of a depth starter for us," said manager Eric Wedge.
Cleveland calls up Cruceta
(9/22/2004) The Indians activated Francisco Cruceta from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
Cruceta to start Tuesday
(9/18/2004) The Indians will call up Francisco Cruceta from Triple-A Buffalo to take the spot in the rotation of C.C. Sabathia (hamstring).
Cruceta on Double-A disabled list
(4/22/2003) The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Francisco Cruceta is on the Double-A Akron disabled list with a sprained ankle, which he suffered while covering third base. "He'll miss two starts," said Indians general manager Mark Shapiro.