The Seattle Mariners are a team playing .500 baseball right now, and it has them placed second to last in the AL West division. With multiple key personnel already exempt from the Mariners’ active roster for weeks now, another face has now sat out his last three games with what the organization is calling a bruised hand.
The team’s prized offseason acquisition, second baseman Robinson Cano, did not play in last night’s 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Cano did not appear in Friday night’s game either, but at that point in time, the ball club reported it being due to an illness. So in 24 hours time, he presumably went from having flu-like symptoms, to having a banged up hand or wrist?
Something seems amiss here, though, Cano is only considered day-to-day and there has been no mention of x-rays, MRIs or a possible stint on the disabled list for the All-Star second baseman, who currently leads his club in batting average, on-base percentage, total bases and is second in runs batted in and runs scored.
From an offensive perspective, DH Corey Hart and 1B Logan Morrison are two contributors both currently missing considerable time with hamstring ailments. According to MLB.com, Willie Bloomquist is scheduled to hit ninth and start at second base for the Mariners today against the Tigers. Four games seems a suspicious amount of time to miss for a bruised hand. The injury was not apparent in any game play activity witnessed by fans or media, so perhaps whatever is holding the slugger back from competing took place during an off-the-field incident or at practice.
The Mariners seem to mainly be keeping quiet on the issue with the media in terms of giving information. Maybe in an effort to detract attention. However, it is only a matter of time until fans start talking and demand to know exactly why it is their $240 million man is not suiting up for the club.