Cron undergoes left thumb surgery, expected to be ready for spring

1B/DH to resume baseball activities in six to eight weeks

Cron undergoes left thumb surgery, expected to be ready for spring

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday and is expected to be cleared to resume baseball activities in six to eight weeks, the Angels announced. The club anticipates him being ready for Spring Training.

Cron had "been experiencing some moderate pain at the base of his left thumb" and opted for the procedure after an examination determined he needed a debridement, according to the Angels. Dr. Steve Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

Cron previously had surgery on his left hand in July after sustaining a fracture when he was hit by a pitch. He was sidelined for six weeks.

Cron exits the game

The Angels are counting on a big year from Cron in 2017. He's expected to be in the Opening Day lineup, either at first base or designated hitter. Cron hit .278 with 16 home runs and 69 RBIs to go along with a career-best .792 OPS in 116 games in '16.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.