When the Angels selected C.J. Cron with the 17th pick in June’s draft they did so knowing he had a shoulder injury that could eventually require surgery, but now the 21-year-old first baseman is going under the knife for a different reason.
Cron dislocated his kneecap after playing 34 games in rookie-ball and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll undergo surgery later this week to repair damaged ligaments.
Prior to the injury Cron was destroying Pioneer League pitching, hitting .308 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs. There’s no official timetable yet for his recovery, but Cron should be fully healthy well before the start of next season.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.