Mariners give Robinson Cano permission to play in Dominican Winter League

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According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Mariners have given Robinson Cano permission to play a limited number of games in the Dominican Winter League as he makes his way back from a broken toe.

Cano suffered a broken right pinkie toe when he was hit in the foot by a pitch during the Japan Series in November. The 32-year-old was held out of baseball activities for about a month, but he’s now fully recovered. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Cano just wants to test his toe in game action prior to spring training.

Cano will be entering the second season of his 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle. While his power was down a bit in 2014, he still proved plenty valuable by batting .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs, 82 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. He has appeared in at least 157 games over the past eight seasons. That’s not quite Cal Ripken, Jr. or anything, but it’s pretty good.

Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette broke his hand

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The Athletic’s Robert Murray reports that Blue Jays prized shortstop prospect Bo Bichette suffered a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch in last night’s Buffalo Bisons game. He will seek a second opinion on the diagnosis, but it sure does sound like he’ll be out for a while.

Bichette has not gotten the kind of ink fellow prospect and fellow MLB legacy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has received, but he came into the 2019 season as, roughly, a top-10 MLB prospect. On the young season so far he was hitting .250/.310/.404 with one home run, but in parts of four minor league seasons he’s hit .325/.382/.516 and was Minor League Baseball’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.