MILWAUKEE, July 27 (UPI) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday designated outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment following their 3-0 win at Milwaukee.
Cruz, 31, was batting .213 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games. He was acquired by Arizona from Tampa Bay for left-hander Casey Fossum in February.
The ninth-year veteran is one hit shy of 1,000 for his career. He has a .248 lifetime average with 187 homers and 563 RBI with Seattle, Toronto, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Arizona.
Cruz has hit at least 20 home runs in four of the last six seasons, including a career-best 34 with the Blue Jays in 2001.
He was dropped to make room for Conor Jackson, a first-round draft pick by Arizona in 2003, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson. The first baseman-outfielder was batting .354 with eight homers and 73 RBI with the Sidewinders. He had 38 doubles.