Nelson Cruz injury: Orioles outfielder diagnosed with hand contusion

Bob Levey

Cruz' X-rays came back negative. He's listed as day-to-day.

After being hit in the hand by Astros right hander Scott Feldman and leaving the Orioles' game in Houston on Sunday, Nelson Cruz has been diagnosed with a contusion on his left hand. It could've been much worse, but as the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports, Cruz' X-rays came back negative. He is listed as day-to-day.

That's good news for the O's. Cruz is off to an outrageous start, leading the league in home runs through May with 20. The 33-year-old is hitting .315/.383/.675 and in addition to his league-best 20 home runs, he also leads the league in runs batted in with 52. His .675 slugging percentage leads baseball as well and his 1.057 OPS is second to Troy Tulowitzki.

Hand injuries can cause power hitters to regress, but since Cruz' case isn't serious enough to land him on the disabled list, he should be able to continue his ridiculous start within the next few days.

Despite his crazy numbers, Cruz has yet to appear in the top-10 in voting for American League outfielders.

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