Since callup, confident Cron's swing is back

DH/1B fared well at Triple-A, homered in Tuesday's Angels win

June 7th, 2017

DETROIT -- The Angels sent C.J. Cron down to Triple-A Salt Lake on May 22, despite the fact he'd recorded at least a hit in five of his previous six games. The team's message to the media was that Cron needed a steady diet of at-bats to regain confidence.

With Salt Lake, Cron ripped 11 hits and had 15 RBIs in eight games. He was recalled Saturday, less than two weeks after being sent down.

"Just like anybody, C.J. will get at-bats according to his production," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's no doubt since he came back from the Minor Leagues, there's a confidence level, his swings are better and he can give us a big boost if he starts swinging the bat to his capability."

Cron struck out twice in a 5-3 win over Detroit on Tuesday, but he also smacked a two-run homer. He wasn't in the starting lineup Wednesday against Detroit right-hander , but Cron, a right-handed hitter, will continue to get chances at first base, Scioscia said.

The home run on Tuesday was only Cron's second this season, but also the second in his past three big league games. The first baseman hit 16 homers each of the past two seasons and notched 69 RBIs in 2017, which shows he can power up when he gets chances.

"C.J. could be a big player in this league, given the opportunity," teammate said. "Consistent at-bats, they're hard to find, though. It's nice to see him go deep [Tuesday] and just kind of gives you a glimpse of what he can do."

Worth noting

, who was supposed to appear in relief for Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Tuesday, felt stiffness and did not pitch, Scioscia said. Bedrosian, who is on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, threw from 90 feet at 90 percent intensity Wednesday and felt good. Scioscia added that there is no target date for Bedrosian to pitch again on his rehab assignment.

• As is the statistical norm, Angels pitcher struggles when going through a batting order for the third time. His batting average against jumps from .210 the second time through an order to .369 the third time. Tuesday was more evidence of that, as Chavez allowed a home run, double and two singles to the Tigers' top six hitters in the sixth before getting pulled. Chavez, who had faced no more than four batters each of the previous five innings, attributed part of his struggle to pitching out of the stretch with runners on for an extended period.

"It's kind of been the M.O.," he said. "Cruise into the sixth and then get in that little rut. I just think it's narrowing it down to being too quick out of the stretch because I wasn't in it for three innings."