Robinson Cano
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The New York Mets sent Robinson Cano back to the injured list after he played only half a game in his return from a quad injury.

The New York Mets have been forced to adapt to losing some key players to injury, and their issues continue into June.

Robinson Cano, who returned from a quad injury Thursday and was removed halfway through the game, was placed on the injured list prior to the Mets victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon, the team announced on Twitter.

The former Yankee has struggled in his first year in Queens, slashing .238/.284/.366, all career lows. He has also had several well-publicized instances of failing to hustle on beatable ground balls.

Cano, acquired with Edwin Diaz in a December trade, has been very durable last season. He appeared in only 80 games last season due to a suspension, but prior to that, he put forth 11 straight seasons of playing at least 150 games.

However, in his first game back from a quad injury he re-injured the quad on a ground out. The team has decided to take the cautious approach and sit him for at least 10 days rather than rushing him back.

The good news for the team is that Jeff McNeil returned from the injured list and has looked strong in his first week back. He figures to slot in as the starting second baseman, with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith getting the majority of time in left field.

Tim Peterson gives the Mets another arm in the bullpen. In a very small sample size (6.1 innings over five games), he has been strong, pitching to a 2.84 ERA. For his career, he has thrown 34 innings with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

The Mets will be hoping to get Cano’s quad right so that he can rejoin the team for good as they move towards the trade deadline.

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