Robinson Canó
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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó takes part in batting practice for the first time on Tuesday since sustaining hamstring injury.

Earlier this month, the New York Mets received a devastating blow as second baseman Robinson Canó hit the injured list. After rounding first base in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Canó slowed up and couldn’t even return to the bag. An MRI afterwards showed that Canó had torn his left hamstring on the play.

He avoided surgery, yet his timetable is still unclear. It’s possible that Canó could miss the rest of the season. However, he did take batting practice on Tuesday at Citi Field for the first time since sustaining the injury, which is always a good sign.

Per Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, “On Tuesday, [Canó] ran to first base at medium intensity after every live at-bat. Mickey Callaway said Cano will perform the same activities again on Wednesday.”

After placing Canó on the injured list, the Mets signed veteran second baseman Joe Panik to replace him. The San Francisco Giants had previously designated Panik for assignment.

In 15 games for the Mets thus far, Panik has driven four runners in with a .292/.333/.354 slash line.

Canó’s 2019 season has, for the most part, been extremely injury-plagued. He’s only appeared in 86 games, having hit 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. He additionally has a slash line of .252/.295/.415. Not exactly the production the Mets were hoping to get out of him when they traded for him last offseason.

New York takes on the Chicago Cubs in the first of a three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday. It’s arguably the biggest series of the year for the Mets, as they sit 2.0 games behind the Cubs in the National League Wild Card race.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.