Angels demote designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A

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C.J. Cron has been the Angels’ primary designated hitter since debuting in May of last season, but he’s struggled following a decent rookie showing and now he’s been demoted back to Triple-A.

Cron was billed as a potential middle-of-the-order slugger when the Angels drafted him with the 17th overall pick in 2011, but his lack of plate discipline was a red flag in the minors and he’s basically swung at everything in the majors.

He’s hit .241 with 12 homers and a .400 slugging percentage in 110 games, which is poor production for a DH, but the bigger issue is that Cron has drawn a grand total of 12 walks in 355 trips to the plate on the way to a hideous .270 on-base percentage. That includes an ugly 23/2 K/BB ratio this season.

At age 25 he remains in the Angels’ plans and should be able to quickly work his way back to the big leagues with a strong stretch at Triple-A, but the jury is very much out on whether the 25-year-old Cron has the potential to be an asset playing every day.

Grant Green, a much more versatile player who also has some offensive upside, is replacing Cron on the roster.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.