Cron (thumb) was non-tendered by the Twins on Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
He had a significant thumb surgery in October and was set to make north of $7 million in arbitration, so this move is not all that surprising. It's unclear if he will be physically ready for spring training, so he may have a hard time catching on elsewhere on a big-league contract in the short term.
Cron had a surgical debridement of his right thumb last week, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Cron battled the thumb issue for much of the season, and the procedure will remove dead or unhealthy tissue from the area. The initial recovery timeline is 6-to-8 weeks, which puts the 29-year-old on track to be ready for spring training. Cron slashed .253/.311/.469 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 125 games during 2019.
Cron (thumb) will receive a second opinion on his injury that has been labeled as a bone bruise, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Cron's thumb injury lingered through much of the season, resulting in a pair of trips to the injured list and limitations at the plate. The 29-year-old will receive an outside opinion, with the possibility that a procedure may be able to help his recovery.
Cron went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over Minnesota.
Cron kicked off the scoring with a two-run shot to left field in the first inning. The blast was his second in as many contests after Cron failed to go deep in his first 17 games in September. The 29-year-old finishes his first season in Minnesota with a .253/.311/.469 slash line along with 25 homers and a career-high 78 RBI.
Cron isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.
Cron is situated on the bench for the fourth consecutive contest, giving Willians Astudillo another chance to start at first base and hit eighth.
Cron sits for the third straight game Wednesday against the Nationals.
It's not clear if Cron is battling an unreported minor injury or if he's simply out of favor at the moment. Willians Astudillo starts at first base for the second straight game in his absence.
Cron isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Cron was also held out of Sunday's matchup, and following Monday's scheduled off day, he's in line for a third straight day of rest. Willians Astudillo gets the nod at first base and is set to bat seventh.
Cron is not starting Sunday against Cleveland, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Cron owns a solid .250/.321/.563 slash line over his last 13 games, hitting four homers over that stretch. Ehire Adrianza will get the start at first base in his absence.
Cron is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
He'll cede first-base duties to Willians Astudillo (oblique), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. After homering in his third straight contest in Saturday's 10-7 loss and turning in a monstrous 1.064 OPS over his past 10 games, Cron still looks locked into a near-everyday role.
Cron went 2-for-5 with a double, a three-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-5 win over the Tigers.
The first baseman has gone deep in consecutive games and three times in the last five contests, and his nine RBI over that stretch have pushed him up to 74 on the year -- tying his career high from 2018. Despite his recent success, Cron is slashing only .263/.330/.488 through 22 games in August, and he remains a secondary piece of the offensive puzzle for the Twins.
Cron went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.
Cron delivered a two-RBI single in the first inning to extend the Twins' lead to 4-0. He followed that up with a solo home run in the third frame, his 22nd long ball of the season. Cron is now riding a four-game hitting streak and has at least one hit in six of his last seven starts. Though he missed a significant portion of the season with a thumb injury, he has a strong chance to match his 30-homer output from a season ago. Through 433 plate appearances this season, he's put together a .261/.321/.484 line.
Cron is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers.
Cron finds himself on the bench for the third straight contest as he has a .236/.311/.364 slash line in August. Ehire Adrianza will start at first base and bat seventh Friday for the Twins.
Cron is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
Cron will be on the bench for the second day in a row while Miguel Sano checks in for him at first base. Since returning from the 10-day injured list Aug. 3, Cron has slashed a pedestrian .236/.311/.364 across 16 games. His lackluster production of late along with the recent return of designated hitter Nelson Cruz from the IL could begin to cost Cron more work.
Cron isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Cron will take a seat for the second time in the last three days. As a result, Marwin Gonzalez draws the start at first base and will bat eighth.
Cron is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
In Saturday's 12-7 win, Cron delivered one of his better performances since returning from the injured list earlier this month, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while also reaching base when he was hit by a pitch. Ehire Adrianza will draw the start at first base in the series finale in what merely amounts to a maintenance day for Cron after eight consecutive starts.
Cron is not in Thursday's lineup against the Indians.
Cron has started four of five games since returning from the injured list over the weekend, going 5-for-16 with a home run and three RBI. Ehire Adrianza gets the nod at first base in place of Cron on Thursday.
Cron is not starting Monday against the Braves.
Cron has gone 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBI in two games since returning from the IL over the weekend. He'll give way to Ehire Adrianza at first base in Monday's series opener as the Twins look to ease him back into action.
Cron went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 11-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday.
The 29-year-old returned from the injured list (thumb) Saturday and posted his first multi-hit game since July 16. If he heats up, Cron could still reach the 30-homer plateau, which he accomplished for the first time last season. Cron is batting .269 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI and 38 runs in 324 at-bats this year.
Cron (thumb) was activated Saturday to start at first base and hit seventh against the Royals.
Miguel Sano will slide over to third base as Eddie Rosario will take a seat against left-hander Danny Duffy. Cron returns after slashing a disappointing .188/.235/.406 in only eight July starts due to his lingering thumb injury. The right-handed first baseman owns a dominant 1.055 OPS against left-handed pitching.
Cron (thumb) ended his rehab stint after Friday's rookie Gulf Coast League game and flew to Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "His thumb and hand are feeling good," manager Rocco Baldelli said.
It sounds like Cron will be activated from the injured list before Saturday's game, but the Twins have not announced a roster move yet. Cron was 1-for-8 in two rehab games between the GCL and High-A Fort Myers.
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