Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers closer José Leclerc has a grade 2 strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder. Leclerc will miss a significant amount of the 2020 season, if not the entirety of it.
Leclerc, 26, made two appearances out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season. He pitched a scoreless inning against the Rockies on Opening Day. He pitched another inning on Sunday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk.
Teammate Corey Kluber has a similar injury to Leclerc, though his was declared a tear as opposed to a strain.
With Leclerc out of the picture, Wilson suggests the Rangers could use a closer-by-committee for the remainder of the season. Nick Goody recorded the Rangers’ only other save on Wednesday in a win over the Diamondbacks.
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers put first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left knee sprain.
Cron exited Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning. He was hurt on a freak play in which a hard-hit ball by Danny Mendick bounced off him and was recovered by pitcher Daniel Norris, who retired Mendick with a diving tag.
Cron stayed on the ground in apparent pain during the play and afterward.
The Tigers added Cron this offseason to provide more power in what was an anemic lineup in 2019. He’s hitting .190 but has four home runs.
Detroit recalled infielder Willi Castro.