Cano could see time at designated hitter for the Mets if a universal DH is part of a shortened MLB schedule, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports. While Yoenis Cespedes (ankle) would probably be the team's first choice, if Cespedes is healthy enough to see the field occasionally, it would open up the DH spot for the 37-year-old Cano to get partial rest as well in an effort to keep him off the injured list. J.D. Davis, whose defense remains spotty, could also factor into a DH rotation, and the Mets' bench also features options such as Dominic Smith and Jed Lowrie (knee).
Cano has been biking and running for two hours a day in addition to throwing and hitting in a batting cage, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports. "It's been beneficial for me for sure," Cano said Tuesday. "Working out is my main focus right now. So I'm working on things and my legs feel strong right now. Just can't wait to go back on the field, and then play." The veteran second baseman saw his production wilt amidst a variety of lower-body injuries last year, including a career-low .256 batting average, so keeping his legs in shape has been one of Cano's top priorities this offseason, and now during the shutdown. With four years and nearly $100 million remaining on his contract, the Mets are hoping the 37-year-old can rebound to something closer to his 2017 performance, when he posted a .280/.338/.453 slash line over 150 games for the Mariners.
Cano went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The veteran second baseman has looked fully healthy this spring, and he's backed up that impression with a .300/.333/.450 slash line through 21 plate appearances. Cano will be given every chance by the Mets to show he still has some juice left in his bat, but he has a lot to prove after a tepid 2019.
Cano saw his first Grapefruit League action of the spring Friday, going 0-for-1 with a walk as the designated hitter against the Cardinals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The veteran will get Saturday off before DHing again Sunday, and Cano will then get another rest before taking the field at second base Tuesday. The Mets are taking it easy with the 37-year-old in the early part of camp after he battled injuries through most of 2019, but if he's healthy for Opening Day, Cano will likely be in the starting lineup at the keystone.
Cano spent the offseason working on the fitness of his legs in an effort to avoid the injury issues that derailed his 2019, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports. "I know I can do better and that's my goal this year - stay healthy," Cano said. "If I'm healthy, I can be myself. I can be the Robbie that you guys are used to seeing play this game." The 37-year-old is coming off the worst season of his career, and it's possible Cano simply doesn't have much left in the tank. However, he isn't that far removed from the .317/.363/.497 line he posted in the second half of 2018, and if he can avoid the quad and hamstring injuries that plagued him last year, Cano could re-emerge as a middle-of-the-order hitter. Given that he still has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract, the Mets have plenty of incentive to let him try and rediscover something close to his old form.