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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mariners Injury Update: Robinson Cano exits after fouling pitch off foot

By on 8/16/2014 09:45:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners took hold of the second wild card spot Friday, but it wasn't all good news as Robinson Cano came out of the game after fouling a pitch off his foot.'s Matt Slovin reports that the star second baseman exited in the eighth, when the Mariners were five runs up, after sustaining the injury in the seventh. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that the move was largely precautionary:
"He should be OK [Saturday]," McClendon said. "I just didn't want to take a chance. Hopefully, it doesn't swell."
The big offseason acquisition should be back in the lineup as long as the foot responds well overnight, but clearly the Mariners will take no chances with Cano if there is any significant swelling. Brad Miller came into the game in Cano's place and would be in line to start on Saturday if necessary.

The home run that Cano hit earlier in the night was just his eleventh of the season but power aside, the 31-year-old has delivered for Seattle in the first year of his huge ten-year, $240 million contract. His .330 average and .398 OBP are currently career-best marks, and at 5.3 WAR he is the most valuable hitter on the team and sixth-most valuable position player in all of baseball.

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