Jon Heyman reports that Robinson Cano has been working out at first and third base in the Dominican Republic.
Cano is eligible to be activated from his PED suspension on August 14, and at the moment what role he’ll play with the Mariners is up in the air. Dee Gordon moved in from the outfield to cover second base when Cano went down and just the other day the Mariners shored up their center field situation with Cameron Maybin, which means that any chance of Gordon moving and Cano taking over his old position is remote. Which makes sense, of course, given that the Mariners will only have Cano for about a month and a half given that he is not eligible for the playoffs. Assuming, of course, the Mariners make the playoffs.
When Cano was suspended he was batting .287/.385/.441 in 39 games. If he’s still productive after the half season layoff, he could be useful as a utility guy. If not, well, it’s not like the M’s really missed him when he was gone.
Despite the Phillies’ current seven-game losing streak and 6-16 record since May 30, manager Gabe Kapler isn’t going anywhere. Prior to Monday’s series opener against the Mets, GM Matt Klentak gave Kapler a vote of confidence, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.
Klentak said, “Gabe Kapler is our manager. Our staff is our staff.” He continued, “I’ve been a part of organizations that have made in-season staff changes before. You have to believe that if you’re going to do that that your alternative is better than your status quo. And I believe in our guys. The key to this group succeeding is this group coming together and doing it as a unit. Players, coaches, manager, front office, and believing in each other.”
The Phillies haven’t been performing well for nearly a month now, but the club has also been hobbled by injuries. The injured list currently features Andrew McCutchen, David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Victor Arano, Pat Neshek, Jerad Eickhoff, Adam Haseley, and Seranthony Domínguez. Odúbel Herrera also remains on the restricted list having been arrested for a domestic violence incident. Seeing Kapler canned might be cathartic for frustrated fans, but it won’t help get anyone back from the injured list.