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Rockies place 1B CJ Cron on the 10-day IL

The slugging first baseman has been struggling with lower back pain for the last week

After today’s series opener with the San Diego Padres was postponed due to inclement weather, the Colorado Rockies announced that they have placed starting first baseman CJ Cron on the 10-day injured list with lower back strain. This move is retroactive to May 7th.

Cron was a late scratch on May 7th against the St. Louis Cardinals with pain and tightness in his lower back, and the Rockies were hopeful he would be able to return for the series against the Padres. The Rockies have been sorely missing his offensive production, getting shut out in two of the three games against the Cardinals.

Cron, signed during the offseason to a minor league contract, struggled to start the season but has since established himself as a key offensive contributor and the Rockies’ starting first baseman. He’s currently slashing .290/.394/.495 with five home runs and a team best 133 wRC+. Since his injury, the Rockies have tried to fill the hole with veteran Matt Adams and recent call-up Connor Joe with little success. With Colton Welker’s suspension, the team’s options on the corner are limited.