The Detroit Tigers placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a sprained left knee.
The move comes one day after a hard-hit grounder by Danny Mendick of the Chicago White Sox slammed into Cron's knee. The 30-year-old was in agonizing pain on the ground before eventually being helped off the field.
"It hit on the knee and then kind of ricocheted off," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters afterward. "It squared him up."
Cron is batting .190 with four homers and eight RBIs in 13 games in his first season with the Tigers. He smacked 55 homers over the previous two campaigns -- a career-best 30 for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018 and 25 last season for the Minnesota Twins.
Overall, Cron is batting .257 with 118 homers and 373 RBIs in 686 games. He spent his first four big league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.
Detroit recalled middle infielder Willi Castro to fill Cron's roster spot. The 23-year-old batted .230 with one homer and eight RBIs in 30 games for the Tigers last season.
--Field Level Media