Third baseman Todd Cruz was waived yesterday by the Baltimore Orioles in Miami.
Cruz, 29, batted .218 in 96 games at third base for the Orioles in 1984. A veteran of six major league seasons, Cruz has been with six major league clubs and joined the Orioles in June 1983 from the Seattle Mariners.
"We have a number of utility players," said Orioles General Manager Hank Peters. "We couldn't find a team interested in him, so we gave him his release. We still have two pitchers to cut and two other players by opening day."
The move leaves the Orioles with 29 players in camp, including three nonroster players. One of those is rookie third baseman Fritz Connally, whose impressive spring training was seen as the main reason that Cruz became expendable. Connally, obtained in the offseason, is batting .361 this spring with two homers and eight RBI.
The Orioles also announced that outfielder Lee Lacy will be flown to Baltimore Saturday to have his injured right thumb examined by a specialist. Lacy sprained the ligaments in the thumb on March 12 diving for a ball in a game against the Montreal Expos. He has seen limited action since then. Lacy is batting .341.
In exhibition play last night, Cal Ripken's three hits, Eddie Murray's two doubles and Lenn Sakata's three-run homer powered Baltimore past the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-0. Scott McGregor all owed three hits in Seven innings.