Just as it appeared that former Utah Utes star CJ Cron would enjoy a long journey in Major League Baseball comes the harsh reality of playing in the big leagues. You can be sent down to the minors as quickly as you were sent up.
On Saturday, July 19 Cron discovered this hard truth firsthand when the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball sent him down to the Salt Lake Bees of AAA. The reasons for Cron's demotion are reportedly twofold.
The first reason is that the Angels had to make room for Huston Street, an All-Star closer whom the Angels acquired in a huge trade Saturday from the San Diego Padres. The Angels obviously hope Huston will help their bullpen immediately--particularly after they just endured a 16-inning game in which several relievers were used.
Needing a fresh arm, the natural solution to the Angels' problem at pitching was to re-assign Cron to Salt Lake and make room for Huston, a player who can help the Angels right now. The Orange County Register reported on Saturday that the other option would have been to send down reliever Cory Rasmus to Salt Lake--but that would have prevented the Angels from calling Rasmus back up to LA for at least 10 days--further limiting a bullpen that is already arm-weary.
The second part to Cron's problem is that the Angels--who are currently on a seven-game winning streak as of Sunday--probably felt Cron wasn't hitting as well as he could be. Cron's batting average has dipped to .269, and it's an abysmal .239 over the past 23 games.
But there's more to this story. In this seven-game stretch in which the Angels have won big, Cron has hit just one home run as the team's designated hitter. In the month of July, Cron has also hit just one dinger and five RBI in 182 trips to the plate.
So Cron is now headed back to the place he called home during college. There are worse places in the world to play in, that's for sure.
Provided Cron gets his bat going again, this trip down to the minors, well, it could be short-lived, according to a tweet from Los Angeles Times reporter and Angels beat writer Mike DiGiovanna.
"Pretty sure Cron demotion will be temporary until @#Angels can re-set bullpen after 16-inning game last night."