The Mets are red hot right now, but they got some bad news. Second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday’s win over the Pirates after three at-bats due to a hamstring injury. MRI results on Monday revealed it’s a torn left hamstring for the eight-time All-Star.
That’s a rough blow. Cano is hitting .252/.295/.415 with 23 doubles, 10 homers and 32 RBI this season, but he was heating up in the second half. Since the All-Star break, Cano was hitting .289/.318/.578 and in August he was 9 for 15 (.600) with four doubles and a homer while all four games he had at least two hits.
As noted, the Mets have no timetable on Cano’s return, but I gotta believe there’s a chance his season is over. Hamstring pulls generally take 4-6 weeks and this is a tear.
Without Cano, the Mets can use All-Star Jeff McNeil at second base and Todd Frazier at third base. Jed Lowrie has been hurt all season and still doesn’t have a timetable for a return, but he could factor into things down the stretch.
After winning the first game of a doubleheader Monday, the Mets pulled to .500 at 56-56. The victory was the 16th in their last 21 games.