After a stint on the IL with a left quad injury, Robinson Cano finally returned to the Mets.
Cano has been assigned to a detox program, with his last stop in Triple-A Syracuse. But on Saturday, he was seen with the Citi Field Mets training in the outfield to test the quad and participate in the hitter's practice.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he was following his pre-game routine to see if he was fully recovered. He added that it would be evaluated on Sunday to see if it could be activated and, fortunately, that is the case.
The Mets hope that Cano will not only return in good health, but that his bat will also reverse the trend.
Cano has had a slow start to the season, reducing by 0.238 / 0.284 / 3.66 with just three circuits and 14 RBIs to date. Two visits to the IL do not help, but when it's healthy, Cano does not look like the dish itself.
However, there are still a lot of games and the veteran is a .303 hitter for his career, so history would say that he should pick up things. He will have his first shot Sunday against the Cardinals, where he is registered in the fifth hole while he plays at second base.