Seattle Mariners

An injury sidelines Mariners’ Cano just as his game is improving

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano sat out Wednesday’s game with an abdominal strain and is currently considered day-to-day.

He had an MRI scheduled for Wednesday. Brad Miller replaced him at second in the loss to Arizona.

“It’s a grade one strain,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said of Cano. “He’s going to need a couple of days off, and he may be able to DH after that. Five or six days later he should be able to resume playing.”

Cano first felt discomfort a few days ago while making a play in the field. He continued to play, including Tuesday night’s game. He is expected to travel with the Mariners to Minnesota for their four-game series against the Twins.

Cano, after batting .251 and hitting six home runs before the All-Star break, has recently hit the ball much better. In 12 games after the break he has hit .348 while going 16 for 46 with five home runs.

In the last nine games he has batted in the cleanup spot and has hit .406, going 13 for 35 with three home runs and eight RBIs.

MORRISON LEAVES GAME

Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison exited Wednesday’s game at the beginning of the eighth inning with a thumb injury, and designated hitter Mark Trumbo replaced him at first.

“It (Morrison’s thumb) was pretty swollen,” McClendon said. “Right now he’s considered day-to-day.”

PETERSON PROMOTED

Third baseman D.J. Peterson — the second-ranked prospect in the Mariners organization, according to Baseball America — was called up to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.

Peterson started the season playing for Double A Jackson, where he was hitting .223, with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 93 games.

Peterson, a former first-round draft pick, had struggled at the beginning of the season, but after the All-Star break he started to pick it up a bit. In his last 10 games with the Generals he hit .256, going 10 for 39 with a home run and four RBIs.

CRUZ KEEPS ROLLING

Seattle’s Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to nine games Wednesday with a single. The streak has tied his previous season high.

During his current streak, Cruz is hitting .394, going 15 for 39. During the current homestand, he has hit .454, going 10 for 22 with two home runs and four RBIs.

Cruz also increased his American League-leading batting average against left-handers, going 1 for 3 against the Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin, raising his average against lefties to .385.

SHORT HOPS

The Mariners are tied with Detroit and Los Angeles for the most home runs in the AL in July with 33. … Kyle Seager on Wednesday committed his 12th error of the season, the third most in his career. … Vidal Nuno’s 91/3 inning scoreless streak came to an end when he allowed a run to Arizona in the eighth inning. … Miller has multiple hits in three of his last four games.

ON TAP

The Mariners will travel to Minnesota for a series that begins at 5:10 p.m. Thursday. Seattle will start left-hander J.A. Happ (4-5, 4.27 ERA) against Twins right-hander Phil Hughes (9-6, 3.93 ERA).

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