Robinson Cano
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Robinson Cano is feeling good after leaving Sunday’s game after being hit in the hand. He doesn’t expect to miss much time.

New York Mets fans can let out a collective sigh of relief on Monday. Second baseman Robinson Cano’s MRI on his left hand came back negative. The veteran slugger was hit by pitch on Sunday and had to leave the game.

“Baseball is a game,” Cano said to John Healy of SNY. “The good thing is that I’m good. No fracture. … I’ve been getting hit every week. I gotta figure something out before something major happens.”

Although the Mets are monitoring Cano closely, he doesn’t think the injury will keep him out for very long.

“It feels good,” Cano said. “Swelling is going down. Maybe [sitting out] one day, two days.”

Although Cano hasn’t quite hit his stride yet, manager Mickey Callaway needs him in the middle of the lineup as a stabilizing force. With so much young talent in the lineup, it’s good to have a veteran in the heart of the order.

Cano got off to a slow start in 2019, but he’s slashing .400/.455/.600 over his last 12 games. As the season progresses, expect Cano to start driving in more runs. He’s a proven veteran with one of the sweetest swings in baseball.

Cano’s fortunate injury news is juxtaposed by the rash of injuries occurring in the Bronx. The New York Yankees have taken over as the team in New York that can’t seem to stay healthy.

Of course, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is an unknown for 2019 and infielder Jed Lowrie has yet to make his debut for the Mets. However, the Mets have managed to stay relatively healthy other than a minor scare with Jacob deGrom and a few bangs and bruises for the rest of the lineup.

Staying healthy is going to be a major key for the Mets if they hope to win the NL East.

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