Cron was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with right thumb inflammation. Cron spent 10 days on the injured list earlier in the month due to the same injury. The first baseman appeared in five games after returning -- going 4-for-19 with a home run in those contests -- but apparently still didn't feel right, prompting him to receive a cortisone shot and head back to the IL, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. The move is retroactive to July 21, making Cron eligible to return July 31, should he prove ready. Cody Stashak was summoned to the majors to take Cron's roster spot.
Cron is not in Sunday's lineup against the A's. He is 4-for-19 with one home run in five games since returning from a thumb injury. Ehire Adrianza will start at first base and hit eighth.
Cron went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's victory over Oakland. In his third game since returning from the injured list due to an inflamed thumb, Cron delivered Minnesota's final run of the game with a 401-foot blast to left field in the eighth inning. The long ball snapped a season-long 12-game power drought for Cron, who is now slashing .265/.324/.502 with 18 homers and 55 RBI in 313 at-bats this season.
Cron was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. He'll start at first base and bat fifth against the Mets. Cron was sent to the shelf July 6 due to right thumb inflammation, but he was able to return following the 10-day minimum. He's slashing .266/.326/.495 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI over 78 games this season for Minnesota.
Cron (thumb) was on the field Sunday and took part in some baserunning drills, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Since he's dealing with a thumb injury, Cron's activity on the basepaths won't have much bearing on his recovery timeline, but his presence on the field at least suggests the Twins are preparing for a fairly brief absence. Cron is eligible to return from the 10-day injured list Tuesday and could be activated shortly after the minimum of time if he's able to take batting practice without any complications this week.