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Top C.J. Cron News

  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Lands on injured list

    The Angels placed Cron on the 10-day injured list Sunday with lower back inflammation.

    Cron's back injury has bothered him all season, and his most recent move to the injured list will keep him out for the rest of the year, as there is just eight days remaining in the regular season. He'll finish 2023 with 12 homers and 37 RBI alongside a .248/.295/.434 slash line through 278 plate appearances. Mike Moustakas (forearm) was reinstated from the injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Activated Saturday

    Cron (back) was reinstated from the injured list Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Cron last played Aug. 15 but has been activated to take the roster spot of Shohei Ohtani (oblique). With both Ohtani and Mike Trout (wrist) sidelined, Cron should have the chance to earn at-bats as the designated hitter.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Takes BP

    Cron (back) took batting practice Monday and remains hopeful to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of the season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Though Cron is now partaking in baseball activities for the first time since landing on the 10-day injured list Aug. 18 with low back inflammation, the Angels will likely proceed cautiously with the 33-year-old, who has dealt with recurring back problems all season. Prior to landing on the IL, Cron had been serving as the Halos' everyday first baseman, but with the team having faded from playoff contention, he's unlikely to reclaim a major role once activated. Instead, look for rookie Nolan Schanuel to continue serving as Anaheim's top option at first base the rest of the way.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Yet to resume baseball activities

    Cron (back) is still experiencing soreness and hasn't yet resumed baseball activities, the Associated Press reports.

    Cron is eligible to be activated after going on the 10-day IL on Aug. 18, but he doesn't appear to be particularly close to a return. The veteran first baseman was diagnosed with lower-back inflammation prior to hitting the injured list, and he had been struggling since joining the Angels at the end of July, slashing just .217/.280/.283 with one homer, five RBI and a 4:14 BB:K over 14 contests. The Angels have fallen 10.5 games out of an AL wild-card spot with the season winding down, so they probably won't rush Cron back and may continue to start rookie Nolan Schanuel (illness) at first base even if Cron is able to return.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Placed on 10-day IL

    The Angels placed Cron on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to Aug. 16, with lower-back inflammation.

    This back discomfort first popped up last weekend and Cron will now be sidelined until at least next Saturday. The 33-year-old first baseman has slashed just .217/.280/.283 with one home run in 14 games (50 plate appearances) since being acquired from the Rockies ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Back injury still an issue

    Cron was set to have his ailing back re-evaluated Thursday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Cron has started just one of the last four games and wasn't available to play off the bench in the Angels' most recent contest Wednesday due to a nagging back issue which dates back to earlier this season when he was with the Rockies. With the news that Nolan Schanuel is being called up, it's possible Cron heading to the IL will be the corresponding move for that transaction. Even without the injury, Cron likely will face a dip in playing time upon Schanuel's arrival with Shohei Ohtani a fixture at DH.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Not in lineup Wednesday

    Cron is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Cron went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored Tuesday versus Texas after sitting out Sunday and Monday due to back tightness. Maybe it's still an issue. Mike Moustakas will start at first base and bat cleanup for the Angels on Wednesday.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Good to go Tuesday

    Cron (back) is starting at first base and batting cleanup Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Cron sat out the past two games due to back tightness but will rejoin the starting nine Tuesday at Texas. The 33-year-old has struggled to a .523 OPS in 13 games since being acquired from the Rockies ahead of the trade deadline.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Remains out of lineup

    Cron (back) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.

    Cron will work as a reserve for the second time in as many days due to the sore back he is dealing with. He was able to pinch hit Sunday, so he might not be out of the lineup much longer.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Managing back tightness

    Cron has been dealing with back tightness, which was a factor in his removal during the sixth inning of Saturday's game and his absence from Sunday's lineup, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Angels manager Phil Nevin indicated after Saturday's loss that he was bothered by how Cron looked while getting out of the way of a pitch, leading to the first baseman's early removal from the contest. Cron has just three hits while striking out 11 times over his past 22 at-bats, though it's not clear if the back issue has anything to do with those struggles. The veteran slugger should be considered day-to-day for the time being.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Sits down Sunday

    Cron isn't in the Angels' lineup Sunday against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Cron hasn't performed to his usual standard since joining the Angels, slashing just .190/.261/.262 across 46 plate appearances in 12 games. He'll take a day off Sunday while Mike Moustakas fills in at first base, allowing Eduardo Escobar to start at third.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Hits first homer with new club

    Cron went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Cron's second-inning home run was his 12th of the year in 67 games, but his first since returning to the organization he made his major-league debut with in 2014. Cron has played in every game for the Angels since being traded from the Rockies on July 31. He holds a .222 batting average over 36 at-bats in 11 games since the trade.

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  • Angels' C.J. Cron: Not starting Sunday

    Cron is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Mariners.

    Cron started all six games at first base since being acquired by the Halos last weekend, and he'll receive a day off after going 5-for-23 with three walks, three RBI and four runs during that span. Mike Moustakas will move over to first base while Eduardo Escobar receives a start at the hot corner.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Fullerton, CA
Age: 34
School: Utah
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: R, R