DETROIT – Detroit Tigers first baseman CJ Cron left Monday’s game after sustaining a left knee injury from a hard-hit ground ball.
The team did not have immediate details on the severity of the injury, but said Cron was being assessed.
Cron was hit by a ball hit by White Sox second baseman Danny Mendick in the fourth inning. Cron couldn’t take it and it ricocheted off his leg. Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris picked up the ball, rushed for the sack and dived Mendick just before he reached first base.
It was not clear if Cron was injured when the bullet hit his knee or when the knee twisted as he sought to pivot.
Cron was left on the ground in pain and was quickly taken in by head athletic coach Doug Teter, who helped him off the pitch. Cron took the final steps on his own but clearly favored the left leg.
Dawel Lugo replaced him in the roster. Lugo will play third base, moving Jeimer Candelario to first.
Cron, 30, is in his first season with the Tigers after signing a free agent contract this winter. He has four home runs, three doubles in 13 games so far this year.