No. 2 prospect Cron has season-ending surgery

No. 2 prospect Cron has season-ending surgery

ANAHEIM -- With 123 RBIs for Class A Inland Empire, first baseman C.J. Cron was one short of the Minor League franchise record set by Todd Greene in 1994.

It'll stay that way.

On Wednesday, Cron underwent labrum surgery to repair a right shoulder that had been bothering him since his final year at the University of Utah, Angels assistant general manager Scott Servais confirmed. Cron, the organization's No. 2 ranked prospect by, had the surgery in Los Angeles, performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and will return to the team's Minor League complex in Arizona to start his rehab.

Servais said the surgery went well and he expects the 22-year-old to return at some point early next season, though Cron's timeline is still very much uncertain. The right-handed-hitting Cron played with a slight tear in the shoulder during a short stint in rookie ball last season and tried to take care of it through rehab over the offseason, but surgery ultimately became a necessity.

Right shoulder issues have hampered Cron's throwing ability and may have had a hand in him committing 19 errors while spending 95 of his 129 games at first base, but it certainly didn't affect his ability to hit. Taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Cron batted .293 with 27 homers and 123 RBIs en route to being named the Cal League Rookie of the Year in 2011.