Cano tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug Wednesday and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Cano was suspended while he was with the Mariners in 2018, and he'll now miss the entire 2021 season while also forfeiting his $24 million salary after testing positive for Stanozolol. With the 38-year-old sidelined, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme and Andres Gimenez (oblique) could see increased time at second base for the Mets.
Cano went 2-for-4 with a solo home run -- his 10th of the season -- in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Rays. Despite the abbreviated 60-game campaign, Cano managed to reach double-digit homers for the 16th time in as many seasons in the big leagues. With a .281 average and three long balls over his last 10 games, Cano is closing out his age-37 season on a high note.
Cano went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 7-2 win over Atlanta. The veteran second baseman is putting together a big kick to the finish line, going 11-for-29 (.379) over his last nine games. Cano has stayed mostly healthy in 2020, and as a result he's been able to prove that he still has a lot to offer at the plate, slashing .331/.373/.570 through 41 contests with nine homers and 28 RBI.
Cano went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a victory over Philadelphia on Thursday. Cano helped the Mets get off to a fast start, plating two runs with a single in the first inning. He then finished off the high-scoring affair with a two-run homer in the ninth. The long ball was Cano's first since Sept. 1. He has enjoyed a resurgent campaign overall, slashing .321/.361/.547 with eight homers and 25 RBI.
Cano is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The Mets will extend Cano another rest day after he went 0-for-3 in Saturday's 3-2 loss to drop his slash line to .194/.237/.306 in September. Jeff McNeil will spell the veteran at second base.