Minnesota Twins place C.J. Cron on Injured List

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 23: C.J. Cron #24 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 23: C.J. Cron #24 of the Minnesota Twins is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins lost another starter to injury today when they placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the injured list with right thumb inflammation.

The Minnesota Twins injured list continues to grow as C.J. Cron is the latest Twin to fall victim to injury. According to manager Rocco Baldelli, Cron has been dealing with the injury for quite some time. With the All-Star break days away, the team figured it would be in the best interest of C.J. to give him some extra time to rest and heal.

In order to fill his spot on the active roster, the Minnesota Twins called up outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr for his second stint in the majors. Wade is starting at left-field in today’s game and will be looking to pick up his first major league hit. In 77 games with triple-A Rochester this year, LaMonte has an average of .246 with 18 extra-base hits and 56 walks to 48 strikeouts. Solid yet not overwhelming numbers for the Twins rookie.

It doesn’t surprise me that the Twins are giving Wade Jr. his shot as it’s been a relatively long time in the making. How he does in this short stint before the All-Star break could be a sign of things to come for the young Twins outfielder. With guys like Brent Rooker and Luke Raley chomping at the bit to get their shot with the big club, Wade needs to make every at-bat count.

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With Eddie Rosario, Jake Odorizzi, and Willians Astudillo already on the IL, the All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time for the Minnesota Twins. Nelson Cruz is battling a minor heel injury of his own, trying to play through the pain with the break on the horizon. Let’s hope the Minnesota offense still has enough firepower to grab the series victory before heading into the much-needed break.

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