Tigers' C.J. Cron put on injured list with knee sprain

The Detroit Tigers placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a sprained left knee.

The Tigers said Cron is wearing a knee brace and there is no timetable for his return.

The Tigers recalled infielder Willi Castro from their alternate training site in a corresponding move.

Cron exited the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox with the injury. He 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 offseason to provide more power in what was an anemic lineup in 2019. He's hitting .190 but does have four home runs.

Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he plans to shift Jeimer Candelario to first base with Cron out, while Dawel Lugo will play third base.

"We don't really have an alternate plan at first base, so he's got to be the guy right now," Gardenhire told reporters, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.