NEW YORK -- The Mets suffered a significant blow on Monday, when an MRI taken on Robinson Canó’s injured left leg revealed a torn hamstring. Cano will not require surgery, but the Mets have offered no timetable on his potential return. With less than eight weeks remaining in the season, he is likely to miss much of the remaining schedule.
Consider that ill timing for the veteran second baseman, who was batting .600 (9-for-15) in four August games after scuffling through most of the season’s first four months. Overall, Cano has produced a .252/.295/.415 slash line with 10 home runs in his first season as a Met, after the team acquired him in a seven-player deal with the Mariners last December.
"That's devastating," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "You just don't know what's next, so we have to fill in for him. We have to have somebody step up, and I feel like they will."
Cano came up limping after rounding first base on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as he tried to leg out what would have been his third double of the game. He departed the game shortly thereafter and underwent an MRI the following morning in New York.
“I was running and just felt something tight on my left side, and I just stopped,” Cano said on Sunday.
This is not the first leg injury for Cano, who missed around three weeks due to a left quadriceps strain earlier this season, twice landing on the IL because of it. He strained the same left hamstring last March while with the Mariners but returned in time for Opening Day.
To replace Cano on the active roster, the Mets recalled Luis Guillorme from Triple-A Syracuse, while Jeff McNeil, who left Game 2 with an injury in left field, shifted to second base for Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins. Guillorme, whom the Mets recalled over Dilson Herrera and Ruben Tejada due to his left-handed bat and defensive versatility, started there for Game 2. Guillorme was batting .307 in 69 games at Syracuse but .182 in 17 previous Major League games this season.
In addition to Guillorme, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Juan Lagares stand to see increased playing time in Cano’s absence.
“[We’ll] really just figure out who needs to play based on rest until the off-day,” Callaway said, referring to Thursday, “and then figure it out from there.”
One potential replacement for Cano, infielder Jed Lowrie, is still nowhere close to a return from what Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has labeled as “left side issues.” Callaway said on Monday that Lowrie is still performing baseball activities in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but he is not close to a Minor League rehab assignment. Lowrie has not played since signing a two-year, $20 million deal during the offseason.
“That’s another tough question,” Callaway said when asked about Lowrie and another indefinitely injured Met, Brandon Nimmo. “I think we can’t speculate on how tomorrow goes for any of those guys. We have to just rehab them as best we can, and make that decision when it presents itself.”
Another potential substitute, former Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, reportedly signed with the rival Nationals on Monday.
The Mets’ Sept. 15 game against the Dodgers has been moved from 1:10 p.m. ET to 7:05 p.m. ESPN will now air that game nationally on “Sunday Night Baseball.”