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Mets place Robinson Canó on 10-day injured list


Mets second baseman Robinson Canó has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to June 6 and is not expected to keep Canó off the field for long; per Tim Healey of Newsday, he’s scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Tuesday with an anticipated return date of June 16.

It appears the Mets may have been too hasty in bringing Canó off the injured list earlier this week. He was activated for a start against the Giants on Wednesday, but chose to make an early exit in the fourth inning after feeling some tightness in his left quad. While he later told reporters the pain was much milder than the injury that initially landed him on the IL, it’s a disappointing development in what has turned into a somewhat lengthy recovery process.

For understandable reasons, the veteran infielder hasn’t posted anything close to his career-best numbers in 2019. Through Wednesday’s 7-0 win over the Giants, Canó is batting a limp .238/.284/.366 with three home runs, a .650 OPS, and -0.2 fWAR through 183 plate appearances. Until his return, Adeiny Hechavarría and Jeff McNeil will likely be tabbed to split second base duties.

Video: Ronald Acuña Jr. second-youngest to join 30-30 club

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Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.

Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.

It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.