Robinson Cano missed just two games — a relief for the Mets. The veteran second baseman was back in the lineup for Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Reds, after getting hit with a pitch on the back part of his left hand Sunday.
Cano went 1-for-4 with a double and struck out once, but seemed fine.
“There was [a question],” manager Mickey Callaway said regarding Cano returning for the third game of the series at Citi Field. “We held off on the lineup until we got our eyes on him and he got to swing a bat. He went in there and swung in the cage and he felt great. So he’s full go.”
Cano missed a game last week after getting hit on the right hand. Before getting plunked again, he had been hot, batting .360 (18-of-60) over his previous 12 games with six RBIs and a .947 OPS.
Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson (elbow soreness) threw off flat ground and is nearing a return. He will throw off a mound again soon, at which point the Mets will determine if he needs to face live batters before he is activated.