Cron was optioned to the Diamondbacks' alternate training site Thursday. Cron made just one start over Arizona's first six games this season and went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He'll get the chance to continue developing at the alternate training site after catcher Daulton Varsho was added to the 30-man roster Thursday.
Cron (hamstring) made his season debut Saturday, entering as a pinch hitter and striking out for catcher Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning of a 5-1 loss to San Diego. Cron was hobbled by the hamstring issue over the final week of summer camp, but his appearance Saturday indicates the injury is no longer a concern. Cron is third on the depth chart at first base and will also get at-bats as a designated hitter.
Cron (hamstring) took multiple at-bats while the Diamondbacks worked out in Anaheim on Tuesday in preparation for Friday's opener in San Diego, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Cron traveled with the team for its two-game exhibition series against the Dodgers, but he did not participate in either game. He will be ready to play in Friday's opener against the Padres. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Cron's teammate and starting first baseman, Christian Walker (groin), will join the team in San Diego, but it's not yet known if Walker will be available to work in the field.
Cron (hamstring) traveled to Los Angeles on Sunday for the Diamondbacks' two-game exhibition set against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Cron did not play Sunday and is not expected to play Monday against the Dodgers, but he could see action Tuesday when the Diamonbacks play an intrasquad game in Anaheim. His presence on the trip is a good sign that he'll be ready for the season-opener Friday in San Diego.
Cron (hamstring) took three at-bats Saturday against live pitching but was not allowed to run the bases, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Cron has battled a sore hamstring since Wednesday, which makes his status for Opening Day unclear. Both Cron and Christian Walker (groin) are in the same position entering the final week before the regular season kicks off July 24 in San Diego.