In a surprising turn of events, the New York Mets activated the vet second baseman on Tuesday, less than a month after he went on the shelf. Cano wasn't in the lineup for Tuesday night's showdown against the Washington Nationals, but skipper Mickey Callaway claimed he would be available off the bench to pinch hit.
What isn't the least bit shocking, however, is the manner in which Callaway and Co. are going to manage Cano's tender hammy. Sound the alarms, folks, because Robbie will "control his running effort," for the last month of the campaign.
So, he'll just do what he's been doing for his entire career?
Cano has done little to impress the Amazins' fans base with his bat in his first year with the club -- he's slashing .252/.295/.415 across 325 at-bats -- and only made the predicament worse by displaying a palpable and prevalent lack of hustle in the field and on the base paths.
How does Callaway respond? By literally permitting him to not bust his tail whenever he's in his lineup card.
Color us not bewildered at all. In fact, it's a tactic we almost expected the club from Queens to deploy given their erratic and laughable tendencies.