This would be a disappointing development for the Detroit Tigers, who have been impressing with a 9-6 start.
C.J. Cron left Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox after taking a line drive to his left knee from the bat of Danny Mendick. He was being helped off the field by his teammates, and then was able to walk under his own power. However, once he got to the dugout, he wasn't able to put any pressure on his leg.
“It’s pretty brutal,” Cron said in a Zoom video chat Wednesday. “There are so many unknowns and so much going on right now. It’s still early in the process and we don’t really know. Let’s just see how it responds.”
Cron said that he'll be in a brace for a few more days before having his knee re-evaluated.
“I don’t think the ball hit me, not on the knee,” he said. “When I came down, I was shuffling off the base and the ball got on me quicker than I expected, something happened and my knee gave out. It was a non-contact injury. It sucks for sure.”
“I think with the injuries I’ve had, this one is definitely the most uncertain,” Cron said. “The way the knee buckled, it’s tough to say how it’s going to respond. It’s tough to say how stable it’s going to be moving forward.
“There is no legitimate timetable.”
The only viable option could in fact be a surgical procedure that could potentially sideline him for the remainder of the Tigers' season.
“When it’s going to happen is the big question,” he said. “We are going to do the best we can to give enough support to maybe finish the year. But something is going to have to be done eventually, from the opinions I’ve been getting so far.
“Still, things can change. Right now the main focus is trying to get the swelling down, stabilize it a little bit and see what happens.”
Cron is with Detroit on a one-year, $1.6 million deal. Prior to his injury, he's hit four home runs
– – Quotes via Chris McKoskey of The Detroit News Link – –