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Robinson Cano returns from his suspension tonight

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The Seattle Mariners have activated infiedler Robinson Cano from the restricted list. He’ll be available for tonight’s game against the Athletics in Oakland. His Cano 80-game PED suspension is over.

I say “infielder” rather than “second baseman” because he’s likely to be a utility man rather than be handed back his old position, which has been occupied by Dee Gordon for most of the season. Cano will see some time there, of course, but will likewise play some first and third base as well.

Cano was 7-for-18 with two homers and a double over five minor league rehab games.When he was suspended he was batting .287/.385/.441 in 39 games.

Dee Gordon placed on injured list due to quad strain

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.

Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.

Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.