Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano underwent sports hernia surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia and is expected to miss the next six weeks of workouts.
The surgery repaired a right side and left side core muscle injury, according to GM Jerry Dipoto. Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute performed the surgery. Cano is expected to be back and ready well before Spring Training begins in mid-February.
Cano said previously that these six weeks is time he usually uses as a break, so it won’t be anything too out of the ordinary.
“Everything is going to be normal,” Cano said recently. “I’m going to start at the same time. I’ve just got to be careful after the surgery. I’m not supposed to lift anything heavy. Just be careful.”
Cano, 32, was first diagnosed with a left core injury in late September, but after undergoing an MRI by Dr. Meyers, it was revealed that both sides were injured.
Cano was dealing with what was supposedly a strained abdominal muscle in August and September, but it appears that it was a sports hernia injury. He fought through the injury and finished the season hitting .287 with 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 79 RBIs and 82 runs in 156 games.
In the final 82 games of the season, Cano hit .330 with 17 homers and 55 RBI.
He is not expected to play any Winter Ball this season after previously playing a few games over the past few years.
Cano turns 33 later this month and will be entering the third year of his 10-year mega-deal with the Mariners.