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26 C.J. Cron 1B

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August 12, 2020 11:36 AM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Hopes to delay season-ending surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron acknowledged Tuesday that he'll eventually require surgery on his sprained left knee, but he remains hopeful to play again this season before undergoing a procedure in the winter, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. "[Surgery] has been discussed...We're gonna try to do as best we can to give it enough support to maybe finish the year. It's one of those things where something is gonna have to get done eventually, from the opinions I've gotten so far."

Cron sprained his knee in Monday's game against the White Sox and was placed on the 10-day injured list a day later. The 30-year-old is without a clear timeline to return, but based on his description of the injury, he seems likely to be sidelined more than the minimum 10 days even if he puts off surgery until the offseason. He's currently donning a brace on the knee in an attempt to strengthen his ligament enough to resume on-field activities, so until he's able to do that, the Tigers likely won't hone in on a target date for him to come off the IL. Jeimer Candelario is expected to serve as the Tigers' primary first baseman while Cron is sidelined.

August 11, 2020 11:40 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Heads to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left knee Tuesday, Jason Beck of reports.

Cron left Monday's game against the White Sox with the injury, and it's evidently severe enough for him to be forced to sit for at least 10 days. His expected return date has not yet been announced. The cleanup hitter's absence will be a blow to a surprisingly competitive Tigers team, as he owned a strong .894 OPS despite a low .190 batting average. Willi Castro was recalled in a corresponding move.

August 10, 2020 08:32 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Leaves with left knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron left Monday's game against the White Sox with a left knee injury.

Dawel Lugo pinch hit for Cron in the bottom of the fourth inning and shortly thereafter the team announced Cron is undergoing further evaluation for a left knee issue. Jeimer Candelario shifted from third base to first to cover for Cron. It would be a major blow to the Detroit offense if Cron were forced to miss significant time.

August 9, 2020 01:08 AM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Starts homer streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a walk and an additional run scored in Saturday's 11-5 win in Pittsburgh.

The 30-year-old ended a 1-for-18 slump by going 1-for-4 with two walks, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI during Friday's contest, and he delivered another productive line Saturday. Cron has a .216/.383/.522 slash line with four homer, nine runs and eight RBI though 11 games.

August 8, 2020 06:40 AM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Clubs third homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron went 1-for-4 with two walks, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 17-13 extra-innings win over the Pirates.

He opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo shot off Chad Kuhl, but it was the only run Detroit managed to score on the Pittsburgh right-hander -- the rest of the damage came against the Bucs' bullpen. Cron is hitting only .182 (6-for-33) to begin his first campaign with the Tigers, but five of those six hits have gone for extra bases, including three home runs.

August 2, 2020 05:16 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Sitting Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Cron batted cleanup during the matinee and went 0-for-2 with a run scored and a walk. The 30-year-old is in the midst of a 1-for-18 slump over his last six games. Jordy Mercer is starting at first game in the second game of the twin bill.

July 27, 2020 01:20 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Hits go-ahead home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Cron picked a good time for his second home run of the young season -- he went deep against Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen in the ninth inning, turning a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead for the Tigers. The 30-year-old looks comfortable in the middle of Detroit's lineup and could post a good number of home runs and RBI the rest of the way.

July 25, 2020 01:44 AM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Crushes long ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Reds on Opening Day.

His homer traveled 447 feet and Statcast had it at 112 mph off the bat. As Andrew Simon of notes, the Tigers had one home run over 111 mph all of last year. It seems safe to say Cron isn't budging from that cleanup spot.

July 16, 2020 09:40 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Pops two home runs Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron hit two home runs in an intrasquad game Thursday, Jason Beck of reports.

Cron hit 25 home runs for Minnesota last season, and he likely could have blasted a few more if a thumb injury hadn't slowed him down in the second half. The 30-year-old is also just two years removed from a 30-homer campaign, so there is definitely plenty of pop in his bat, and he's a solid bet to lead the Tigers in home runs during the abbreviated 2020 season.

April 5, 2020 12:04 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Posts strong spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron finished Grapefruit League play with a .346/.452/.731 slash line and three home runs in 12 games.

Cron had a similarly strong spring with Minnesota in 2019 and then got off to a hot start for the Twins before a thumb injury derailed him in the latter part of the season. The first baseman had offseason thumb surgery and is reportedly fully healthy, so he could provide strong offensive numbers for the Tigers when the 2020 season is able to begin.

March 5, 2020 09:00 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Feels better about mechanics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron said he altered his mechanics last season after breaking his thumb but noted that his swing feels more natural heading into 2020, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Cron had offseason thumb surgery and didn't swing for a while, which he said allowed him to basically reset his swing. This is good news, because the first baseman hit .266 with an .821 OPS, 17 home runs and 54 RBIs in 78 games for the Twins before the injury. After returning, he played 47 more games and slashed just .229/.280/.420 with seven home runs. A healthy Cron might push for 30 long balls and should hit in the heart of Detroit's order all year.

February 26, 2020 03:16 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Pops first spring home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

Cron hit 25 home runs last year for the Twins but was limited in the second half because of a thumb injury. He reported to spring training healthy after offseason thumb surgery, and the 30-year-old figures to add some pop to Detroit's lineup. He had a career-high 30 long balls in 2018 and could return to that level if he stays healthy in 2020.

February 20, 2020 04:56 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Healthy in spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron reported to spring training Saturday and won't face any limitations in camp after requiring surgery on his right thumb in October, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Cron said he only lost about two weeks from his normal offseason program while undergoing rehab from surgery, so he won't be behind any of his fellow position players during spring training. Per Stavenhagen, the Tigers are slated to roll out a lineup of younger, less established players in their spring opener Friday versus Southeastern University, but Cron could make his Tigers debut in Grapefruit League games Saturday or Sunday. The 30-year-old is poised to serve as the Tigers' everyday first baseman in 2020 and should provide a much-needed power boost to a squad that ranked 29th in the majors in home runs a season ago.

December 21, 2019 07:12 PM
Tigers' C.J. Cron: Inks deal with Tigers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cron (thumb) signed a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Cron saw limited playing time over the second half of the season, and the combination of his decrease in usage and thumb surgery in October resulted in him being non-tendered by the Twins. The 29-year-old will likely be ready for spring training, and he could take over the starting job at first base after Jeimer Candelario struggled to break out in 2019.

December 2, 2019 06:32 PM
C.J. Cron: Cut loose by Twins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 22, 2019 10:16 PM
Twins' C.J. Cron: Undergoes thumb procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 10, 2019 04:12 PM
Twins' C.J. Cron: Will have thumb evaluated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 30, 2019 01:16 PM
Twins' C.J. Cron: Blasts 25th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2019 06:52 PM
Twins' C.J. Cron: Riding pine Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 11, 2019 03:12 PM
Twins' C.J. Cron: Remains on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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