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Cano undergoes surgery to repair sports hernia

Expected recovery time for Mariners second baseman is about 6 weeks

SEATTLE -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Tuesday in Philadelphia and is expected to be fully recovered in about six weeks, the club reported.

Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute performed the surgery to repair both a right- and left-side core muscle injury. The 32-year-old should be completely recovered for the start of Spring Training in February.

Cano dealt with what was believed to be a strained abdominal muscle in August and September, but tests the last week of the season revealed a sports hernia. Cano was able to play with the injury, and he finished the season hitting .287 with 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 79 RBIs and 82 runs in 156 games.

He rebounded from a poor start in 2015 to hit .330 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in his final 82 games despite the injury.

Cano played a handful of games in the Dominican Winter League last offseason, but he will not play any winter ball this year.

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