Surgery will sideline Cron 6-8 weeks

Surgery will sideline Cron 6-8 weeks

The Angels announced Monday that first baseman C.J. Cron will have surgery Tuesday to repair a left hand fracture. Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Anaheim will perform the surgery, and the timetable for return is six to eight weeks.

Cron was hit in the hand by a pitch from Orioles right-hander Mike Wright in the sixth inning of the Angels' win over Baltimore on Friday. The 26-year-old is batting .278/.333/.475 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs this season. He had been hot before the injury, batting .364 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in July.

The Angels called up Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Salt Lake City on Saturday to replace Cron on the roster.

Choi, a left-handed hitter, will probably split time at first-base with the right-handed-hitting Jefry Marte until Cron makes his expected return around late August. Albert Pujols is getting the majority of his time at designated hitter.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.