Cano's hamstring strain poor timing for Mets

August 4th, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Everything was going right for the Mets against the Pirates on Sunday. They had scored eight runs on 10 hits off Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove, and Noah Syndergaard was pitching scoreless ball on the way to a 13-2 rout at PNC Park.

It was no different for , who recorded his 10th hit in the last five games in the fourth inning. But rounding first base trying for what would have been his third double of the day, Cano came up limping and exited the game with a left hamstring strain. Jeff McNeil moved to second base to take over for Cano.

The Mets’ everyday second baseman favored his left leg, which has given him issue throughout the season. After being tagged out, he walked back to the dugout gingerly, though without needing assistance.

“I was running and just felt something tight on my left side, and I just stopped,” Cano said. “We don’t know what it is yet, just get it checked out tomorrow.”

Cano strained the same hamstring last year with the Mariners, and the leg in general has given him problems this year. He hit the injured list with a left quad strain on May 23, then on June 9 with left quad tightness in an up-and-down year overall.

Cano, whom the Mets acquired in a package deal with the Mariners this offseason, has been one of the hottest hitters for the club recently. He’s notched four doubles and a homer in his torrid five-game stretch, and he’s batted .263/.294/.538 with six homers since the All-Star break entering Sunday’s game.

“That’s a tough one,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “He’s started swinging the bat well. It’s just tough.”

If Cano’s planned MRI on Monday reveals a severe enough strain to land him on the injured list, the Mets showed a glimpse of what could transpire with McNeil’s move to second on Sunday, with which Callaway said he’d be “comfortable.” They could also pull from Triple-A depth, including Luis Guillorme, who is on the 40-man roster.

“It’s hard to say right now,” Callaway said. “We’ll see once we reevaluate Cano in the morning, [and] we’ll make some decisions then.”