Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron leaves Monday's game vs. White Sox with knee injury

Evan Petzold
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron went down with a knee injury on the final out of the top of the fourth inning and did not return to action Monday against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

A hard-hit ball from Danny Mendick caught him on the knee and sent him to the ground near first base.

The Tigers announced that Cron is undergoing further evaluation.

On the play, left-hander Daniel Norris ran to the ball and raced to tag out Mendick before he touched first base. Although Norris was successful, he crashed into the ground on the play, as well.

Norris returned for the fifth inning.

But as Cron walked back to the dugout, some of which was on his own power, he stopped short of the stairs. He intentionally used his right foot while making sure not to put pressure on his left leg while going down the steps.

Dawel Lugo replaced Cron in the batting order, but Jeimer Candelario moved from third base to first base, which created a spot for Lugo at third.

Entering Monday's contest, Cron was hitting .195 with three doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs. He was 0-for-1 at the time of his injury.

Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron celebrates with left fielder Christin Stewart after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Friday, July 24, 2020.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold