MRI confirms hip flexor strain for Lance Lynn

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Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn made an early exit from Sunday’s Grapefruit League start and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that an MRI today confirmed a left hip flexor strain.

The good news is that the injury is not expected to impact Lynn’s availability for the start of the season. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said it will likely be a few days before he returns to his regular routine. The expectation is that he’ll need at least one side session before getting back into game action.

Lynn is coming off an excellent season in which he posted a 2.74 ERA and 181/72 K/BB ratio in 203 2/3 innings across 33 starts.

Mets lose Robinson Canó, Jeff McNeil to injured list

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As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.

Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.