Shortly after the Twins’ season wrapped up in early October, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said first baseman C.J. Cron would be getting another opinion on the nagging sore right thumb that had limited him at the plate for much of the season.
“There could be potential for a procedure to help alleviate some of the stuff he’s been dealing with,” Falvey said at the time.
Turns out, there was.
Cron underwent a surgical debridement of his thumb on Oct. 16, which the Twins say went well. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in New York City, has an expected recovery timeline of six to eight weeks.
“Step One complete. Now onto the rehab,” Cron posted on Instagram alongside a picture of his stitched-up thumb on Tuesday. “Thank you Dr. Graham for fixing it up. 2020 can’t come quick enough!”
Cron was first placed on the injured list with right thumb inflammation on July 6, and he came off the injured list 10 days later. When he returned, he said the injury had been bothering him for quite a bit of the year and he was going to tape it up and “try to pretend as if nothing’s wrong and try to just keep going.”
But that didn’t last long as he landed on the IL again less than 10 days later. He received a cortisone injection and returned Aug. 3 after a short rehab assignment, though the thumb continued to bother him for the rest of the season and the Twins ultimately started resting him more down the stretch.
In the 78 games he played before landing on the IL the first time, Cron slashed .266/.326/.495 with 18 home runs. After he returned for good from the IL in early August, he hit .232/.289/.413 with seven home runs.
Cron, 29, is arbitration-eligible this offseason. After earning $4.8 million in 2019, MLB Trade Rumors projected a salary bump to about $7.7 million in 2020.