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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Robinson Cano to play first base in rehab game

Robinson Cano will play first base during his first rehab game after being suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Cano was suspended 80 games in May after MLB was able to prove he used a diuretic to mask a drug. Cano has said he is willing to play wherever he is needed when he returns from his ban. He will have a chance to prove that very soon.

Cano begins his rehab assignment at Triple-A on Monday, where he will play first base and bat third in the lineup.

Cano will reportedly use a glove given to him by Albert Pujols.

During his major league career, Cano has played 17,372 of his 17,373 defensive innings at second base. The other inning came at shortstop. In Cano’s absence, Dee Gordon has played second base after starting the season in center field.

Cano’s bat will be welcomed to the Mariners’ lineup when his suspension is over as Seattle makes a push for the playoffs. Unfortunately, he will not be eligible for their postseason roster if they do qualify for the playoffs.

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