Robinson Cano began a rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday night as he prepares for his return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement.
The Mariners said Cano is expected to play two games with Tacoma against Colorado Springs on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, Cano singled in his first at-bat, then grounded out to short in his next two plate appearances before walking his last time up. He may play in some games for Single-A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin the Mariners on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland.
Cano is expected to play first, second and third base during his rehab assignment, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Cano has played second base throughout his career but will be moved around the infield when he rejoins Seattle with Dee Gordon as the primary second baseman.
“It’s one thing hitting a guy groundballs, it’s another thing seeing them live off the bat in game situations and reacting to things,” Servais said. “A few games down there playing those different positions, I think will help.”
Cano has not played since fracturing the fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 13. He was suspended on May 15.
Cano was hitting .287 with 23 RBIs in 39 games prior to his injury.
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