When the New York Mets took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-2 on Sunday afternoon on the road, it came at a hefty price. Second baseman Robinson Cano would leave the game with a hamstring injury as he rounded for second base.
Cano got an MRI on Monday and it revealed he has a torn hamstring. He is most likely done for the season. It appeared as if Robinson Cano was turning the corner after a slow first-half.
He is 36 years old and has four years remaining on his contract. New York acquired him in a trade along with close Edwin Diaz, from the Seattle Mariners this past offseason.
That trade has not been looking good for General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
Cano played in 86 games this season and his batting average was .252 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI’s. Robinson Cano’s on-base percentage was .295.
With that in mind, what are some potential options for the Mets at second base the rest of the way?
New York could move Jeff McNeil from the outfielder and have him play second base. Adneiy Hechavarria could also be another option for second base.
Luis Guillorme is starting at second base in the second game of the double header between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets.
I would find it very unlikely for New York to make Guillorme the starting second baseman. Dilson Herrera would be a better option to be a starting second baseman than Guillorme.
Herrera was once one of the New York Mets top prospects at one point in time. He is only 25 years old and maybe Dilson Herrera’s MLB career could be resurrected with the team he started with. Herrera has played in 92 games so far this season with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets.
His batting average is .250 with 22 home runs and 48 RBI’s, along with 10 stolen bases. Dilson Herrera’s on-base percentage is .331.
The outfield will also be very interesting if McNeil is moved to second base on a full time basis. Other than Michael Conforto, who is a sure fire starter out there? J.D. Davis would be one of them. Aaron Altherr or Juan Lagares would very well be the other starter in the outfielder, since Dominic Smith is currently on the injured list.
Another potential option for New York could be Ruben Tejada. He was on the 2015 New York Mets team that went to the World Series. That was the year where Tejada was injured in the NLDS in Game 2 on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers on a dirty slide by Chase Utley.
In 66 games played so far this season in Triple-A, Ruben Tejada’s batting average is .357 with six home runs and 36 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .426.
What the New York Mets might be hoping for at this point is for Jed Lowrie to be healthy and play second base. He signed a two-year deal in the offseason and Lowrie hasn’t even played a game for them yet this season.
He played for the Oakland Athletics last season and Jed Lowrie is 35 years old. In 157 games played with them last season, his batting average was .267 with 23 home runs and 99 RBI’s. Lowrie’s on-base percentage was .353.
He played a big role in Oakland’s postseason berth last season and they lost in the American League Wild Card Game on the road against the New York Yankees.
Even though Jed Lowrie has supposedly resumed baseball activities, there isn’t a timetable for his return and that is not good news. It would be a challenge for him to be thrown right into the fire, especially if this team is playing meaningful games down the stretch.
The New York Mets might have to reevaluate the second base position in the offseason but in the meantime, their fan base should enjoy the rest of the season and see what happens.
Cano missed 80 games without pay last season because he tested positive for a banned substance. Robinson Cano continues to get unfortunate breaks in his MLB career.