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MRI reveals Robinson Cano suffered torn left hamstring

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The club did not divulge a timetable for the second baseman’s return.

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After placing Robinson Cano on the injured list earlier in the day, the club has officially revealed the full extent of the second baseman’s injury. An MRI has shown that Cano suffered a torn left hamstring.

While the injury will not require surgery, the team also did not outline a timetable for the 36-year-old’s return. It is likely that this will keep him out deep into September, and it’s unknown whether he will be able to return in 2019.

Cano suffered the injury on Sunday afternoon while he was trying to stretch a single into a double. After rounding first, Cano clutched at his left hamstring and stopped in between the bases before being tagged out. Cano hobbled back to the dugout and gingerly limped down the stairs. The club originally referred to the injury as a “left hamstring strain” and scheduled Cano for an MRI today.

The injury is the latest blow to Cano’s 2019 season, which has featured and a few different ill-time injuries. On the year, Cano is slashing .252/.295/.415 with 10 home runs, an 87 wRC+, and a 0.1 fWAR in 325 at-bats. However, he’s been far better since the All Star Break, hitting .289/.318/.578 with six home runs and a 127 wRC+. Prior to the injury, Cano had nine hits in his last 15 at-bats.

The club called up Luis Guillorme earlier today to take Cano’s spot on the 25-man roster. Given the extended absence, the club could turn to Jeff McNeil full-time at second base and replace McNeil in the outfield, or could opt to go with Guillorme or another option from their Triple-A squad at second base while keeping McNeil in the outfield.