Manager Mickey Callaway said an IL stint for Robinson Cano was a possibility, and that's exactly what happened on Sunday.
The Mets officially placed Cano on the 10-day IL with a strained left quad, according to multiple reports. He remained out of the lineup on Saturday, but Callaway thought things were going well with the veteran infielder.
"He felt really good," Callaway said of Cano. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night."
However, the Mets and Cano couldn't push off the injury any longer, and rest seems to be the best option. They have tried to use him as a bench option this entire Rockies series, but that never came to fruition.
Cano isn't too worried about hitting the IL again, though. He said he would be starting a rehab assignment in either Triple-A or Double-A this Tuesday, where he will really focus on making the most out of his at-bats. And though he will miss the Subway Series, a two-game stint against his former team in the Yankees he probably was looking forward to, Cano just wants to return to the Mets as healthy as possible.
In 46 games this season, Cano hasn't had his best numbers, slashing .238/.284/.366 with three homers and 14 RBI.
The Mets added more pitching help out of the bullpen in Tim Peterson, who returns from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Cano's roster spot.