Robinson Cano was out of the Mariners' lineup on Wednesday with an abdominal strain. Coach Lloyd McClendon told reporters on Wednesday that Cano is day-to-day with the injury and was scheduled to have an MRI.
According to Doug Miller with MLB.com, if you ask Cano, the injury is nothing. If you ask McClendon, the Mariners are taking some precautions with their $200 million player. McClendon said he expects Cano to travel with the team to Minnesota and Colorado.
"Robbie's stubborn," McClendon said. "His pain tolerance is so high that he actually wanted to play again today, but the doctors said, 'We need to get this looked at and make sure that there's nothing going on.' So if this was the seventh game of the World Series, Robbie would play and would want to. But this is the right thing to do."
No injury comes at a good time, but the Mariners can ill-afford to miss Cano for an extended period of time. The window to the playoffs in 2015 gets closer and closer to being completely sealed shut for the Mariners, and the team needs to string together something resembling a win streak sooner than later. Although Cano's season numbers are hardly impressive, it looks like his first half swoon is over.
Over the last 30 days, Cano is hitting .324/.384/.598 with seven home runs for a wRC+ of 174. Brad Miller started at second base in Cano's absence on Wednesday.
MRI reveals a grade 1 strain for Cano. Hope is he will be able to DH in 5 or 6 days.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 29, 2015