Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron placed on 10-day injured list with knee sprain

Evan Petzold
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris watched first baseman C.J. Cron fall to the ground after a hard-hit grounder ricocheted off his left knee in the fourth inning. Norris had already shifted his body toward first base to help cover, but when he realized Cron couldn't get up, he caught sight of the baseball and began a full-fledged sprint.

"All right, I got to glove it instead of a bare hand," Norris thought to himself.

A moment later, he completed a full-body extension to tag Danny Mendick before he could touch the base. His head smacked against the ground, but he returned for the fifth once trainers checked him for a concussion.

Despite Norris' play, he was worried about Cron, who hobbled off the field with athletic trainer Doug Teter, didn't return to Monday's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox

He was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain on Tuesday

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The Tigers recalled infielder Willi Castro from the alternate training site in Toledo to replace Cron.

Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron goes down with a lower body injury during the fourth inning of the win over the White Sox at Comerica Park on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.

"Anytime somebody gets hurt or has to come out of a game, you're super concerned," Norris said Monday. "... He's obviously a huge bat and a great guy in our clubhouse. Prayers out to him, for sure."

After the game, manager Ron Gardenhire hadn't heard much information. He spoke in a somber tone, even after his squad's fourth consecutive win — improving to 9-5 in the 60-game season.

Detroit will be down a bat that has crushed four home runs and eight RBIs in 13 games this season. The 30-year-old Cron had 25 homers in 125 games for the Minnesota Twins last year, and he registered 30 in 140 gamers for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018.

Castro, 23, played 30 games for the Tigers last season. He slashed .230/.284/.340 with one homer and eight RBIs. In 119 games for Triple-A Toledo, he hit .301 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs.

[ Whenever the Tigers call Willi Castro's name, he'll be ready ]

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