|Aug. 12 9:18 AM PT10:18 AM MT11:18 AM CT12:18 PM ET12:18 ET16:18 GMT0:18 CST9:18 AM MST11:18 AM EST11:48 AM VEN20:18 UAE11:18 AM CT-The Pirates activated Cruz on Sunday for their game against the San Diego Padres. He had been on the DL since July 18 with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Analysis: Cruz is 1-1 with three saves and a 2.61 ERA in 37 games. He pitched twice for Double-A Altoona on an injury rehabilitation assignment and allowed two runs in 1 1-3 innings.
|July 21 2:12 PM PT3:12 PM MT4:12 PM CT5:12 PM ET17:12 ET21:12 GMT5:12 CST2:12 PM MST4:12 PM EST4:42 PM VEN1:12 UAE (+1)4:12 PM CT-The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Evan Meek from Triple-A, placing Cruz on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Analysis: Cruz was 1-1 with three saves and a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings over 37 appearances. He began the season as the primary setup man for closer Joel Hanrahan but mostly has been used in a seventh-inning role. Cruz's shoulder has bothered him after recent appearances and rest was recommended.
|May 28 10:57 AM PT11:57 AM MT12:57 PM CT1:57 PM ET13:57 ET17:57 GMT1:57 CST10:57 AM MST12:57 PM EST1:27 PM VEN21:57 UAE12:57 PM CT-The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Cruz on the restricted list and called up left-handed reliever Doug Slaten from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Analysis: The team says Cruz will return to his home in the Dominican Republic to take care of personal business. The veteran right-hander has been a key part of a bullpen that leads the National League in ERA. Cruz is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 appearances this season for Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason.
|Feb. 1 11:56 AM PT12:56 PM MT1:56 PM CT2:56 PM ET14:56 ET19:56 GMT3:56 CST12:56 PM MST2:56 PM EST3:26 PM VEN23:56 UAE1:56 PM CT-The Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and will invite him to spring training.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Cruz went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief appearances with Tampa Bay last season. He's previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals. Cruz is 37-35 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 seasons.