Robinson Canó
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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is reporting to Class-A Brooklyn for a rehab assignment as he nurses a torn hamstring.

Earlier in August, New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó took a turn for the worse…literally. In an Aug. 4 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Canó rounded first on a base hit, only to come up limping. Canó, 36, couldn’t even return to the bag, as he was tagged out on the play.

After leaving the game and going for MRIs, tests showed that Canó had torn his left hamstring. He didn’t require surgery, so there’s a chance he could fully recover before season’s end. And now, he’s taking the next step towards an ultimate return to the diamond.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway says the veteran infielder will undergo a rehab assignment for Class-A Brooklyn on Saturday.

“He feels like he’s in a good spot,” Callaway said per SNY. “Performance staff feels like he’s ready to do this.”

Since Canó’s injury, the Mets selected the contract of infielder Ruben Tejada, who previously spent time with Triple-A Syracuse, and signed Joe Panik for replacements. The latter had been previously designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants.

The Mets have since designated Tejada for assignment.

New York’s playoff chances are slipping away as they’ve lost six straight. They’ll embark on a six-game road trip beginning Friday night, with three games against the Philadelphia Phillies and three against the Washington Nationals. Entering Friday, the Mets were 5.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race.

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