The overnight news Saturday from Japan initially sent a shiver through the Mariners when All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a broken baby toe on his right foot when hit by a pitch.
Those concerns eased after the Mariners confirmed initial reports that Cano will likely miss just three-to-four weeks because of a non-displaced fracture. He is expected to resume normal off-season activities by mid-December and be 100 percent when the club opens full-squad spring workouts Feb. 25 in Peoria Ariz.
“It's part of the game, getting hurt,” Cano told MLB.com. “I'll be fine.”
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik released a statement that said the “injury will not require a cast or treatment, just rest.” The statement also said Cano reported “no pain” in a conversation with trainer Rick Griffin.
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The injury occurred when Cano was hit by a pitch from Yuki Nishi in the seventh inning of 4-0 loss to Japan’s national team at the Tokyo Dome. Cano walked to first base before leaving the game for a pinch-runner. He was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays, which revealed the broken toe.
Four Japanese pitchers combined on a no-hitter over a touring team of Major League players and now hold a 3-0 edge in the five-game series, which continued Sunday at the Tokyo Dome. The final game is Tuesday in Sapporo, although the teams will play an exhibition game Thursday in Okinawa before the MLB players return home.
Cano was 2-for-10 in three games against Japan after batting .314 with 14 homers and 82 RBIs over 157 games in his first season with the Mariners after signing a 10-year deal for $240 million as a free agent.
His injury came one day after Mariners teammate Hisashi Iwakuma gave up five runs and 10 hits over four innings against his countrymen in an 8-4 loss. Iwakuma is not expected to pitch again in the series.