Robinson Cano’s return to the Seattle Mariners’ lineup when he becomes eligible Aug. 14 may include a change of position, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto.
Without their everyday second baseman in the lineup, the Mariners have turned to Dee Gordon at second. Gordon isn’t likely to relinquish that spot even when Cano returns in mid-August, meaning the Mariners might shift Cano to first in order to get his bat in a lineup that desperately needs more pop.
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“There may be a time, especially mid-August to the end of the season where slides out to center field for a day,” Dipoto said. “But primarily he’s going to play second base. We sat down and talked with Robbie, and he said again, ‘Whatever I need to help this team get to the postseason.’ He was great about it.”
The Mariners are in the thick of playoff race, entering Friday trailing the Houston Astros by five games in the American League West while sitting in a tie with the New York Yankees at the top of the AL wild-card standings.
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At first base, Cano would replace current starter Ryon Healy, who is hitting .240/.270/.447 with 18 home runs and 46 RBIs.
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