PEORIA, Ariz. -- An MRI on Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano on Monday revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, and it will keep him out of action for the next five to seven days.On Sunday, Cano was removed from the Mariners' 6-5 Cactus League loss to the
PEORIA, Ariz. -- An MRI on Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano on Monday revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, and it will keep him out of action for the next five to seven days.
On Sunday, Cano was removed from the Mariners' 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Reds in the top of the second inning due to tightness in the hamstring after chasing a popup. He was slowed for a few days by a left hamstring issue last season and said Sunday's injury was caused by the scar tissue.
"I've been working, but they said it was scar tissue and that's something you can't control," Cano, 35, said. "I always say God knows why stuff happens. Now, I'm going to go out and make it better."
Cano said he is not experiencing much pain and his goal is to strengthen the leg.
"The strength is all good and the MRI showed no issues there other than he tweaked it a little bit," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "It's like the exact same place he had issues with last season. In two to three days tops, he should be OK."
Cano is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with a double and a home run this spring.
• Starter Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen Tuesday. He was scheduled to play catch on flat ground Monday.
• Starter Erasmo Ramirez (lat strain), who is uncertain if he will be ready for Opening Day, is scheduled to throw on flat ground from 90 feet Monday.
• Starting first baseman Ryon Healy remains sidelined until around Opening Day after right hand surgery, and left fielder Ben Gamel could be out for the first month of the season with a strained right oblique. Right fielder Mitch Haniger is making his way back from a sore hand.
• Veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for the third straight day because of the flu.
Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.