Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia after the season, he announced Friday. The procedure is scheduled for October 13 and comes with a six-week recovery period.
Cano, 32, said he played through the injury for most of the second half. It didn't show up in his numbers: Cano has hit .332/.388/.540 (151 OPS+) with 14 home runs in 67 second-half games. That is much more Cano-like than his .251/.290/.370 (86 OPS+) batting line in the first half.
Durability has been one of Cano's trademarks throughout his career. He has played in at least 153 games every season since 2007 -- his only career DL stint came in 2006, when he pulled a hamstring -- and at least 157 games every year from 2007-14. Cano comes into Friday having played in 153 of the team's 159 games in 2015.
The six-week timetable will have no impact on Cano's offseason routine. He told Shannon Drayer the first few weeks of the offseason are downtime anyway. Cano figures to be ready in plenty of time for spring training.
Earlier this season, Cano dealt with the death of his grandfather and a stomach ailment, which dragged down his numbers. He is about to complete Year 2 of his 10-year, $240-million contract.