Mets second baseman Robinson Cano suited up for his first Grapefruit League game of the season on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he drew a walk in his first at-bat and finished the game 0-for-1.
During the game, Cano spoke with SNY's Steve Gelbs in the dugout about his offseason workout routine and what's it like being a mentor to younger players on the team.
"I just have to focus more this year on my legs," Cano said. "This offseason that's something that I did... It feels good today, it's good to be back."
Cano played his first spring training game of the season at DH, but mentioned that "you will see me soon at second base."
The 15-year veteran played just 107 games last season while dealing with injuries, but it took him some time to adjust to not playing every day.
"The toughest part is adjusting to the injury, and sitting in the dugout watching the game," Cano said. "That was really hard, because you're used to be out there every day. I think that's a message from God, like you've been playing so many years, now it's time for you to get stronger, for you to be able to last the next full year."
Cano learned how he can still make an impact on the game even when he wasn't on the field.
"One is my presence," Cano said. "Be there, anything that I see from the guys. From Pete Alonso to (Amed) Rosario, any of the starters, or anybody. Even if I don't talk to them, I can tell the pitching coach, or I can tell the hitting coach, I can talk to the manager. Even give them some advice during the game, sometimes they come and ask me questions, and I think you have to be accountable. If you can play, just be there, your presence means a lot."