Angels prospect and Orem Owlz star C.J. Cron suffers knee injury


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Former University of Utah star C.J. Cron, the Los Angeles 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.

Midway through his at-bat in the first inning, C.J. Cron fouled a ball to left field and appeared to injure his right knee in the process. Paramedics had to come out to attend to him, putting an aircast on his right knee before waiting for an ambulance to arrive. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Monday Cron will see the team doctor to assess what, if any, rehabilitation is necessary.

The loss of Cron could be detrimental to the Owls offense going forward. Cron leads the Pioneer League in home runs, RBI, and home runs per at-bat. He is also third in slugging percentage and fifth in total bases, and is responsible for one third of all of the Owlz home runs this season.

As a team, the Owlz are solid at hitting, having the top three average hitters in the league including Jarod Yakubik, who is second in batting average and on-base percentage. The real question will be where the power will come from. ,

"I don't think one guy will replace him," Owlz manager Tom Kotchman said. "But we played the first couple of weeks without him, so we know we can do it."

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