Orem's Cron leaves with knee injury

Cleanup hitter had six home runs, 17 RBIs in seven games

C.J. Cron leads the Pioneer League with 13 home runs and 41 RBIs. (Boyd Ivey/Orem Owlz)

By David Schoenholtz / Special to MLB.com | August 7, 2011 7:00 PM ET

The Orem Owlz won and lost Sunday.

C.J. Cron, the Angels' top pick (17th overall) in the 2011 Draft, left in the first frame of short-season Orem's 3-2 home victory over Ogden in 11 innings with a knee injury. The cleanup hitter had been on a tear lately with six homers and 17 RBIs in the previous seven games.

Cron later said on Twitter that he had suffered a dislocated kneecap.

Already affected by a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Cron was injured Sunday in the middle of his first at-bat. Normally a first baseman, he has not played the field this season, instead serving as Orem's designated hitter.

With two outs and Jerod Yakubik on third base, Cron hit a foul ball and went down to the ground immediately. According to Ogden broadcaster Brandon Hart, it took seven people to get the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Cron onto a stretcher before he was placed in an ambulance.

The former University of Utah standout was replaced by pinch-hitter Andrew Ray, whose swinging strikeout was credited to Cron.

Cron leads the Pioneer League with 13 homers and 41 RBIs.

The 21-year-old will meet with the team doctor Monday, and Orem's plan of action will be determined based on that examination.

The Owlz scored a run in the bottom of the 11th to end the bittersweet day. Ogden's Matt Shelton (2-1) hit Trevor Hairgrove to open the inning, and Hairgrove advanced on groundouts by Gary Mitchell and Drew Martinez. Brandon Brewer then hit a walk-off single.

David Schoenholtz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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