ATLANTA -- Moments after passing Babe Ruth on the all-time doubles list, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Braves with left hamstring tightness in the third inning.Cano is scheduled to get an MRI on Friday in New York. The Mariners hope the injury isn't serious,
ATLANTA -- Moments after passing Babe Ruth on the all-time doubles list, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Braves with left hamstring tightness in the third inning.
Cano is scheduled to get an MRI on Friday in New York. The Mariners hope the injury isn't serious, and that he'll be back in the lineup soon.
"Cano's status is going to probably be day to day," manager Scott Servais said. "He's got pretty good strength in it. When he came out, they tested it, and it is probably going to be day to day with him."
The injury occurred as Cano was coming out of the batter's box on his 507th career double, into left field. He appeared to slow up, and was grimacing as he stopped at second.
Cano immediately bent over and was checked on by the Mariners' training staff. He walked off the field and into the dugout, as Taylor Motter replaced him as a pinch-runner.
By doubling in the first and third innings, Cano moved into 57th on the all-time doubles list. He ranks fifth among active players, trailing only Jose Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran and Jose Cabrera.
Cano is now just three doubles from catching Rickey Henderson for 56th all-time. He could pass Edgar Martinez before the end of the season, as the former Mariners designated hitter ranks 53rd with 514.
After replacing Cano, Motter had the go-ahead, two-run single to start a five-run rally in the eighth. Motter could fill in at second until Cano returns.
"I am hoping my versatility can help this team win games," Motter said. "I said from Day One that I want to help this team win. If that is filling in for him for a couple of days and doing what I did tonight, I will be really excited. I will be ready to pass the torch to him when he is ready to go."
The Mariners lost another player when outfielder Guillermo Heredia exited to open the bottom of the seventh. Heredia was hit on the right forearm by a pitch in the top of the inning, but stayed in and took first. After he left, Mitch Haniger moved from left to center and Ben Gamel entered the game in left.
"He got hit on that forearm a couple times in the last week or so," Servais said. "He is real tender there, and we don't know until we get to New York. Hopefully they will be OK. The initial signs are that they are going to be fine."
Servais said he hopes Cano and Heredia can use Thursday's off-day to get treatment and rest, but is uncertain about their statuses for Friday's series opener against the Yankees.
With the Mariners losing Heredia for now, on the same day they designated Leonys Martin for assignment, it could put their outfield depth in question. However, it is possible that Martin end up back on the team, if he clears waivers.
"We will take it a day at a time," Servais said. "We will have to wait and see, as we are day to day right now."
Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Mariners on Wednesday.