Another injury to the Giants outfield, as right fielder Hunter Pence suffered a strained oblique muscle during Monday’s game and has been placed on the disabled list.
San Francisco is already without center fielder Angel Pagan and left fielder Nori Aoki, although it sounds like Aoki is close to returning from the concussion disabled list. Given the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries Pence could be sidelined well into September.
This is Pence’s third disabled list stint of the season, but when in the lineup he’s done his usual thing by hitting .275 with nine homers and an .806 OPS in 52 games to match his career norms.
As of right now the Giants’ starting outfield is probably Ryan Lollis, Gregor Blanco, and Justin Maxwell. Yeesh.
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.