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Tigers place Cron on IL due to left knee sprain

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Aug 10, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron (26) gets helped off the field by manager Ron Gardenhire (left) and head athletic trainer Doug Teter (right) during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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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.