Cano (hand) is fully recover from surgery on his broken right hand and will head to the Dominican Republic for rehab work after the All-Star break, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Cano resumed baseball activities in early June and heading to the Dominican Republic will allow him a better workout environment since he is unable to be around the team in Seattle. The 35-year-old can begin a minor-league rehab assignment Aug. 1 and will be eligible to return from his 80-game suspension for violating MLB's joint drug agreement Aug. 14.
Cano (hand, suspension) is likely to share second-base duties with Dee Gordon when he returns from his 80-game suspension on Aug. 14, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. Kramer relays that general manager Jerry Dipoto recently told ESPN.com that Gordon's strong play at the keystone since taking over the position and Cano's ineligibility for postseason participation both play into the potential strategy. As long as the Mariners remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, Dipoto feels that allowing Gordon to receive regular reps at second best serves the team's chances. "That could allow for a time-share, so to speak, where we keep everybody sharp," Dipoto said. "But we do know Dee is going to have to play second base as we come down the stretch. Because if we want to be in the postseason -- which we do -- then we know who our second baseman is going to be. And it's going to be Dee Gordon."
Cano (hand, suspension) started playing catch this week and is expected to begin hitting next week according to general manager Jerry Dipoto, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. "Most days Robbie is here at the ballpark in the mornings to get his rehab in," Dipoto said. "I saw Robinson on Monday morning. He looks like Robbie. He's in and doing work. He'll be prepared to comeback when it's his time." Cano's hand is on track to be back at full health considerably before the conclusion of his 80-game suspension, which runs through Aug. 14. The multi-time All-Star is remaining connected to the team by coming to Safeco Field to get physical therapy when the Mariners are on a homestand, and he'll also be allowed to participate in workouts in extended spring training in Arizona when he gets much closer to his reinstatement date.
Manager Scott Servais confirmed Cano had surgery on his fractured finger sometime Wednesday or Thursday, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. While on the disabled list recovering, Cano will concurrently serve at least a sizable chunk of his 80-game suspension for failing a drug test. He's expected to return sometime in mid-to-late August.
Cano (finger) will immediately begin serving his 80-game suspension for violating MLB's joint drug agreement, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic -- not a performance-enhancing drug -- in violation of baseball's drug prevention and treatment program. While it was initially thought that Cano wouldn't be able to serve the suspension while on the disabled list, it turns out the suspension is effective immediately, so the veteran second baseman will be eligible to return in mid-August. However, as Matt Eddy of Baseball America notes, he won't be eligible for the postseason should the Mariners qualify. Cano was hitting a healthy .287/.385/.441 with 23 RBI through 39 games before he was injured and suspended just days apart. The Mariners haven't announced their plans for who will take over at second base in Cano's absence, but Dee Gordon remains an option should the team not want to move forward with a combination of Gordon Beckham and Andrew Romine.