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Mariners’ Robinson Cano Working at Third Base Ahead of Return from Suspension

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Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is working at third base as he prepares for his return from his current PED suspension, Mariners manager Scott Servais said, according to the Tacoma News Tribune’s TJ Cotterill.

Cano hasn’t played 3rd base since 2005 with the New York Yankees minor league system, and has only played 16 games at third in his career.

Cano, per the report, “just wants to help any way he can.  If that means giving Kyle [Seager] a day off at third, or helping at first base, playing a game at second base, he’s going to play wherever we need him to play.”

The Mariners had to turn to outfielder Dee Gordon to take Cano’s place when the suspension was initially announced. With Gordon at second and Nelson Cruz currently in the DH role, it was assumed that Cano would supplant first baseman Ryon Healy, who has struggled mightily during his first season in Seattle, upon his return.

 

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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