Cron exits with knee injury after being hit by grounder

Detroit Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron catches a popup during an intrasquad baseball game. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

DETROIT — Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron exited Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox with a left knee injury.

Cron was struck by Danny Mendick’s hard-hit grounder in the fourth inning and stayed down for a while. He eventually walked off with some assistance.

Detroit pitcher Daniel Norris made an acrobatic play, hustling over to retrieve the ball and retiring Mendick with a diving tag while Cron lay on the ground in pain.

The Tigers added Cron this off-season to provide more power in what was an anemic lineup in 2019. He’s hitting .190 but does have four home runs.

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