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Cano leaves early due to hamstring tightness

Second baseman will have MRI on Monday, but believes injury is not serious
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano was removed from the Mariners' 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Reds in the top of the second inning on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring, but believes the injury is minor.

Cano said he'll have a better idea of the situation after an MRI test on Monday.

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano was removed from the Mariners' 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Reds in the top of the second inning on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring, but believes the injury is minor.

Cano said he'll have a better idea of the situation after an MRI test on Monday.

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"This is the same thing it was last year that was just two days and I kept playing," he said. "There was discomfort there, but I was able to play."

Cano said he felt his leg tighten when he was running for a pop-up that fell in over the head of first baseman Daniel Vogelbach in shallow right field. When Cano felt it again on a ground-ball single to his left by the next batter, he motioned to the bench and walked off the field with head trainer Rob Nodine.

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"We'll know more when I get the MRI," Cano said. "We just want to make sure what I have. We have 2 1/2 more weeks. I hope it's nothing bad. We'll see what happens [Monday]."

Cano, who had flied out to center in the bottom of the first, was replaced by Minor Leaguer Danny Muno. The 35-year-old Cano is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with a double and a home run this spring.

The Mariners were already without veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who missed his second consecutive game due to illness.

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Additionally, starters Felix Hernandez and Erasmo Ramirez are just beginning to throw again after dealing with early-camp injuries. Starting first baseman Ryon Healy is sidelined until around Opening Day following hand surgery, left fielder Ben Gamel is likely to miss the first month of the season with a strained right oblique and right fielder Mitch Haniger is just coming back from a sore hand.

But manager Scott Servais didn't sound overly concerned about Cano's situation.

"He just had a little tightness and thought it was best to get him out of there," Servais said. "I don't think it's anything serious."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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