Robinson Cano has joined the already long list of key Mariners players on the 10-day disabled list.
Seattle placed its All-Star second baseman on the DL Tuesday afternoon with a right quad strain that has kept him out of action since May 10. Cano’s placement on the DL is retroactive to May 13, which will make him eligible to be activated on May 23, when Seattle begins a road trip in Washington against the Nationals.
Outfielder Boog Powell has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to assume Cano’s spot on the active roster.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said an MRI Tuesday morning revealed Cano had a mild strain in his injured quad.
“It’s nothing that we think is going to take anything longer than an extra five or six days and he should be good to go,” Servais said. “It’s instead of just kinda waiting, waiting, day to day to day, we’re kind of at the point now it’s just we’re trying to cut it off and get him back close to 100 percent when he comes back and then go from there.”
Cano’s injury occurred right as he was finding his stride at the plate. In eight games in May, he’s 14 for 32 (.438) with four home runs, two doubles, 10 RBIs and five walks.
“Disappointing. I know he’s disappointed as well,” Servais said. “He was going so good with the bat over in Philadelphia to take some days off but things happen. A lot of things have happened this year on the injury front and just another one.”
Servais said utility men Taylor Motter and Mike Freeman are both likely to see time at second base while Cano is out. Motter is getting the start Tuesday, his sixth straight start at the position.
In addition to Cano, the Mariners have Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Mitch Haniger, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly currently on the DL, among others. Jean Segura, Tony Zych and Steve Cishek have all spent time on the DL this season as well, while Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager both have missed time with minor injuries that didn’t require DL stints.
Here are the lineups for Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s, set for 7:10 on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Jean Segura, SS
Ben Gamel, RF
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Danny Valencia, 1B
Taylor Motter, 2B
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Chase De Jong, RHP
Matt Joyce, RF
Jed Lowrie, 2B
Khris Davis, LF
Yonder Alonso, 1B
Ryon Healy, 3B
Mark Canha, CF
Stephen Vogt, DH
Adam Rosales, SS
Josh Phegley, C
Andrew Triggs, RHP