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MLB Rumor Central: C.J. Cron returning to Angels earlier than expected?

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When Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron went out with a broken left hand before the All-Star break, he was expected to miss six to eight weeks for recovery as most players do with similar injuries -- right? Think again.

According to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, Cron was initially expected back in late August, but could start swinging the bat Tuesday, which would put him back in the lineup in two weeks.

Don't worry if you're in shock; Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt the same way.

"Yeah, I know, it's amazing," Scioscia said, per Gonzalez.

The July 8 injury to Cron came as a major blow to the Angels, as the first baseman and designated hitter was in his best form of the season, batting .356 with 24 RBIs over his previous 20 games, per the Associated Press. Jefry Marte has been filling in at first base in Cron's absence.

But hey, despite sitting in the basement of the American League West, after a recovery that quick, the Angels might have a guardian angel of their own. (Cue the "Angels in the Outfield" music.)

Let's just see if Cron can perform like he did before the injury.