The Mets are getting close to full strength. A day after getting Jeff McNeil back, the Mets have activated Robinson Cano from the IL -- now they just need to start winning games as key players keep returning to the lineup.
Cano, who has been out since May 22 due to a left quad strain, is in the lineup and playing second base on Wednesday night against the Giants at Citi Field.
With Cano returning, it means a shift back to left field for Jeff McNeil and less playing time for Dominic Smith (who had been getting time in left lately) and potentially J.D. Davis -- who had been getting starts in left and at third base.
The Mets have not yet announced the corresponding move for Cano, but Aaron Altherr was wearing street clothes in the clubhouse -- an indication that he is the roster casualty.
Cano had been in a bad way before landing on the IL, both in terms of his refusal to hustle and his inability to hit much.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old Cano had just two hits in his last 18 at-bats as his triple slash dropped to .241/.287/.371. He has not homered since April 21 and has just three on the season.