Robinson Cano Says He Expects to Return to Mets on Tuesday

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 02: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets waits on deck in the fifth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Robinson Cano was an after thought when he tore his hamstring in early August.

The veteran was expected to need the remainder of the season to recover from the injury, but remarkably, the 36-year-old has accelerated his rehab to a point where he can return on Tuesday against to the Washington Nationals.

Cano's return comes as a surprise considering his age and how severe the hamstring injury was. He only needed two games with the Brooklyn Cyclones to determine he was ready to make a return. Joe Panik and Jeff McNeil were in charge of second base while Cano was on the IL.

Cano has struggled during his first campain in Flushing a Met slashing .252/.295/.415, but was heating up going 10-for-15 before the injury. He will add a much needed left-handed bat in the Mets lineup upon his return.

It may be too little, too late for the Mets who are currently four games behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot. Still, knowing the streaky 2019 Mets, they might have one last run left in them with Cano back.