Tony Cruz (baseball)
|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 48|
August 18, 1986 |
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 24, 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||30|
|Career highlights and awards|
On May 23, 2011, Cruz was called up for the first time when Gerald Laird was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right index finger fracture. On May 24, 2011, Tony Cruz made his major league debut as a starter. He went 3 for 5 with 2 singles and a double. He was optioned back to the minors on August 12, 2011. He was later recalled when the Cardinals made the postseason. Cruz served as the third-string catcher during the postseason and eventually won the 2011 World Series with the Cardinals.
On June 27, 2012, Cruz hit his first major league home run.
Cruz spent the majority of the 2013 season as the Cardinals primary backup to Yadier Molina and a pinch hitter. When Molina went on the 15-Day disabled list with a knee injury fter the All-Star break Cruz assumed the #1 catcher role. However on August 15, 2013 - one day after Molina's return from the DL - the Cardinals announced Cruz was going onto the disabled list with a stress fracture of his left forearm.
- Rains, B.J. (2011-05-23). "Laird headed DL". FS Midwest. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- Langosch, Jenifer (15 August 2013). "Cruz sent to Disabled List". MLB.com via Cardinals team website. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- MiLB.com player profile