MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand. Cano was hit by a Blaine Hardy pitch on Sunday.
Cano also received an 80-game suspension on Tuesday for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. He will be able to both serve his suspension and recover from his surgery.
The 35-year-old hit .287/.385/.441 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 169 plate appearances prior to the injury. Gordon Beckham was called up from Triple-A Tacoma. The longer-term solution for the Mariners may be having Dee Gordon move back to second base from center field. Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto said on 950 KJR that Gordon will start taking grounders at second base in preparation to possibly switch positions.
When Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez returns from the disabled list, likely some time next week, he will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martínez has been on the disabled list since late July with a strained right shoulder. The plan is still for Martínez to start in 2019 and beyond.
GM John Mozeliak said, “If you’re going to go down that starting path and you’re starting at ground zero, the likelihood of him being back would be sometime in mid-September. And we’ve done that twice this year and ended up in the same place after a few starts.”
Martínez, 26, has a 3.41 ERA and a 98/49 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings across 18 starts this season. The Cardinals’ rotation currently features Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Luke Weaver, and Austin Gomber.
The Cardinals entered play Monday 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League, so adding Martínez to the bullpen — or, subtracting him from the rotation, depending on how you look at it — could make a significant impact on the club’s playoff chances.