Seattle made the move Tuesday before beginning a two-game series in San Francisco where Cruz was unlikely to play. The move was retroactive to April 1. The Mariners recalled utility player Taylor Motter to take Cruz's spot on the roster. Daniel Vogelbach is likely to get the majority of at-bats at designated hitter while Cruz is out.
Cruz started the season with two homers in his first six at-bats but slipped on the dugout steps after a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against Cleveland. X-rays were negative.