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RedHawks release De La Cruz; charged with simple assault

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The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have released veteran outfielder Keury De La Cruz, citing conduct detrimental to the team. Forum file photo2 / 2

FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have released veteran outfielder Keury De La Cruz, citing conduct detrimental to the team, following a bench-clearing incident in the fifth inning during their American Association baseball game against the Sioux City Explorers on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Newman Outdoor Field.

De La Cruz has been charged with Class B Misdemeanor simple assault in Cass County District Court, accused of punching Sioux City pitcher Jason Garcia in the face after Tuesday’s game.

“Keury’s conduct last night is not condoned by RedHawks and isn’t what our team is about or how we represent the community,” said RedHawks manager Michael Schlact in a release. “He’s a veteran ballplayer who has contributed to our offense, but I had to do what’s in the best interest of the entire organization."

Schlact added: “I thank Keury for his time with the RedHawks and wish him the best moving forward."

De La Cruz was batting .275 with 15 home runs, 58 RBIs and 92 hits in 84 games. In three seasons with the RedHawks, he had a career average of .286 with 42 home runs, 165 RBIs and 285 hits. De La Cruz was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and played as high as Class Double-A in 2015 with the Portland Sea Dogs.

The RedHawks are 47-39 overall and are three games out of first place in the North Division with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

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