Mets second baseman Robinson Cano made an early exit from Wednesday’s game due to what the team described as left quad tightness, according to multiple reports. After grounding out to end the third inning, Cano seemed pained after running to first base, and Adeiny Hechavarria took Cano’s spot at second base to begin the top of the fourth. According to The Athletic’s Tim Britton (Twitter link), infielder Luis Guillorme has been removed from Triple-A Syracuse’s game tonight, so the Mets could already be planning an injured list stint for Cano.
Losing Cano would represent the latest in a lengthy series of notable injuries for the Mets this season. The position-player side is particularly short-handed at the moment, with Michael Conforto (concussion), Brandon Nimmo (stiff neck), and Jed Lowrie (hamstring) all currently on the injured list, and Jeff McNeil was also out of tonight’s lineup with what appears to be a fairly minor hamstring issue.
McNeil’s status is of particular import if the Mets are looking at an IL absence for Cano, as McNeil would seem to be the most obvious candidate to slide over to second base. Neither Hechavarria or Guillorme offer much at the plate in regular second base duty, and while the outfield mix also isn’t exactly solid with Conforto and Nimmo sidelined, the Mets at least have some numbers in the form of converted infielders J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, plus veterans Rajai Davis and Carlos Gomez.
An IL stint would be another disappointing turn in what has thus far been a rough return to New York for Cano. The 36-year-old has hit only .241/.287/.371 in his first 181 plate appearances as a Met, with an 82 wRC+ that would stand the worst of his distinguished career.