Lance Lynn leaves Grapefruit League start with hip strain

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From Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that right-handed starter Lance Lynn had to make an early departure from his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Marlins due to a left hip flexor strain. Lynn was also looking at his right hand as he walked off the field with a team trainer, suggesting that he may also be dealing with a blister.

The right-hander will be reevaluated on Monday.

Hip flexor strains come with a wide range of recovery timetables, from a couple of days to several weeks.

If this turns out to be a severe strain, the Cardinals can turn to either Jaime Garcia or Marco Gonzales for some April rotation turns. That presumes Carlos Martinez is already locked into a spot.

Lynn, 27, posted an excellent 2.74 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings last season.

He signed a three-year, $22 million contract extension with the Cardinals in January.

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UPDATE, 3:15 p.m. ET: Some good news, perhaps, via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch …

Robinson Canó benched for lack of hustle

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Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.

Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”

Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.

This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.