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Angels prospect C.J. Cron suffers dislocated kneecap

August 8, 2011 | 10:24 am

C.J. Cron, the Angels' top pick in the June draft, suffered a dislocated kneecap while swinging at a pitch in a minor league game Sunday, but the Angels won't know the severity of the injury until he undergoes an MRI exam Monday.

"He could be out for the season and miss [fall] instructional league, he could be back in two weeks -- he might need surgery, he might not need surgery," said Abe Flores, the Angels' director of player development. "There is a wide spectrum of possibilities."

Flores did not know which leg Cron had injured, "but when you create that kind of torque and bat speed, it can happen," he said. The MRI test will determine if there is ligament damage in the knee.

Cron, who is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 41 runs batted in 34 games for the Angels' advanced rookie league team in Orem, Utah, was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for X-rays, but he was back in the dugout before the game ended.

The first baseman and former University of Utah star has been playing with a tear in his throwing shoulder that is expected to require surgery during the off-season.


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Photo: First baseman C.J. Cron plays for Utah in March. Credit: Bob Levey / Getty Images