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"It was just a big mistake. He knows. He came out and told the team," Holland said. "We won't put a cloud of him or anything like that. We've got all the love for him. ... We'll be waiting for him, and we know he's going to be a key member of this team when it comes to the playoffs."
Cruz apologized to his teammates in the clubhouse Monday.
The slugger didn't speak publicly, but said in a statement that a gastrointestinal infection he had from November 2011 through January 2012 wasn't properly diagnosed. He said he lost 40 pounds before getting proper treatment and just weeks before spring training "made an error in judgment that I deeply regret." He provided no other specifics, including what he might have taken.
"He's one of my favorite teammates. Everyone knows it's going to hurt, but there's no way to replace him," Kinsler said. "It's the next guy in line. We've been doing this many times in many different circumstances. It's not like we're going to give up because he's missing."
|Miami - LP: B. Morris||4||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Grace||6|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin||1||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||3|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang||5||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||2|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||5||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||9||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||10|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hahn||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8|
|Texas - WP: K. Kela||2||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||1|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||3||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker||2|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner||2|