In his first game back from the Injured List, Robinson Cano was removed prior to the start of the fifth inning with left quad tightness. The New York Mets activated Cano prior tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. To make room for Cano, the club designated Aaron Altherr for assignment.
Cano landed on the Injured List on May 23 after exiting the previous game with a low-grade left quad strain. The 36-year-old missed 12 games with the injury but returned without a rehab assignment. Cano drove in the first run of tonight’s game on a ground out and later hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the third.
In the latter play, he limped out of the batter’s box and appeared uncomfortable and in pain. He remained in the game but was removed prior to the start of the fifth inning. Adeiny Hechavarria entered the game at second base.
Cano has struggled in his first season with the Mets. Cano was mired in a 6-for-36 slump prior to landing on the Injured List on May 22. Heading into tonight’s game, Cano was slashing .241/.287/.371 with three home runs and a 78 wRC+ in 45 games.