The Seattle Mariners removed Robinson Cano from their game against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night because the second baseman has a sore foot. The team does not expect the injury to be anything serious and cited precaution as the reason for the move.
That has to come as a big relief for the Mariners, who also happened to overtake the Tigers for the second wild card spot, at least for the moment, with a 7-2 victory in the game. According to Matt Slovin of MLB.com, manager Lloyd McClendon said he would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to the star second baseman:
With the Mariners ahead by five runs in the eighth, manager Lloyd McClendon opted to remove his star from the game in order to receive treatment. Cano fouled a pitch off his foot in the seventh inning.
“He should be OK [Saturday],” McClendon said. “I just didn’t want to take a chance. Hopefully, it doesn’t swell.”
For all the attention that was paid to Cano when he was supposedly off to a slow start, he sure has some nice numbers on the season. Through 116 games he is batting .330/.398/.476 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI. Yes, his home runs are predictably down thanks to playing half of his games in Seattle, but that triple slash line is no joke and is starting to inspire these types of sentiments from those who cover the game:
Robinson Cano, with another big night, certainly has certainly put himself into the AL MVP picture. #Mariners
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 16, 2014
Bob, when you are available, Mike Trout is holding on line two and would like to speak with you.
The point is still well taken, however. Out of the New York spotlight, Cano has been just as good and is a key reason that the Mariners have a shot at reaching the playoffs.