The day after his second inexcusable transgression on the bases, Robinson Cano is not in the Mets' lineup Monday night as they open a series against the Nationals at Citi Field.
Instead, Jeff McNeil gets the start at second base while J.D. Davis starts in left field.
Asked why Cano is out of the lineup, manager Mickey Callaway -- the day after making excuses for Cano -- listed three reasons.
"He understands that it's unacceptable to (not) run balls out," Callaway said.
Callaway then qualified the above by saying that Cano is struggling and needed a day off -- and noting that a left-hander is on the mound.
Cano, on the other hand, said he had discussed with Callaway in Washington about taking a scheduled off day on Monday and that the lack of running out the ground balls never came up in the discussion.
"No," Cano said. "We didn't get into [those] details. We talked about it yesterday. I apologized the day before. That's something I said was my mistake. I made that error. I apologized and I'm going to keep doing the leader role and lead by example. It' just a mistake and move on."
Cano did add that he regretted not running out those balls over the weekend.
"You're always going to have regrets when you make mistakes like that," he said. "That's something you don't want to look like that during a game."