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.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”