Nelson Cruz: No excuse for drop; back feels better
"As soon as he hit it, I thought it was good, but as soon as I went to dive, I was like, 'Dang,' because the ball sinked a little bit," Cruz said. "So I guess it wasn't a good idea."
Cruz tweaked his lower back in the process and after throwing the ball in, was clutching it a bit. A few batters later, he had more issues in right field as he trotted in and got under a shallow fly ball from Miguel Cabrera. The ball hit Cruz's glove and dropped for a two-base error. Cruz did not blame his balky back for the mistake.
"I felt like I closed my eyes," Cruz said. "I don't have an excuse. I should catch that ball. I guess I was out of focus."
Cruz said he got a massage and his back has loosened up and felt better even before he left the park. He hopes to play Saturday.
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