MLB notebook: Cano reportedly has torn hamstring

An MRI revealed a torn hamstring for New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, according to multiple reports Monday evening.

Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cano is expected to miss significant time because of the injury but will not need surgery to repair the tear, according to SportsNet New York.

The 36-year-old sustained the injury during the Mets’ 13-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. He pulled up lame while rounding first.

The Mets placed Cano on the 10-day injured list and called up infielder Luis Guillorme from Triple-A Syracuse to take his spot on the active roster. Cano is hitting .252 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs in 86 games, and Guillorme entered Monday with a .182 average (4-for-22) in 17 games.

—The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, because of right knee inflammation and called up right-hander Duane Underwood Jr.

Kimbrel underwent an MRI exam after feeling discomfort on Saturday, when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Milwaukee Brewers for his ninth save of the season. The veteran right-hander, who signed with Chicago as a free agent on June 7, is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in 14 appearances for the Cubs.

The Cubs also learned that catcher Willson Contreras, who went on the 10-day injured list on Sunday, likely will miss four weeks, ESPN reported. Contreras suffered a right hamstring strain over the weekend while running out a fly ball against the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh inning.

—The Cincinnati Reds claimed right-hander Kevin Gausman off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.

Gausman, 28, pitched well down the stretch for Atlanta last season but has struggled in 2019, posting a 3-7 record and 6.19 ERA in 16 starts. He gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Reds on Friday.

The Braves acquired him from the Baltimore Orioles at the 2018 trade deadline, and he went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for Atlanta. Gausman, the fourth pick in the 2012 draft, is 47-61 with a 4.30 ERA in seven career seasons.

—The Washington Nationals will sign veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to multiple reports.

Cabrera, 33, recently was designated for assignment and released by the Texas Rangers. He hit .235 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 93 games with Texas this season.

This will mark the second stint with the Nationals for Cabrera, who played 49 games with the club in 2014. He is a .267 lifetime hitter with 174 homers and 756 RBIs during parts of 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Rangers.

—The 2019 baseball postseason will start Oct. 1 with the National League wild-card matchup, with the American League’s version following on Oct. 2, Major League Baseball announced in releasing its playoff schedule.

Should any tie-breaker games be needed following the end of the regular season, those would be played on Sept. 30 and broadcast by ESPN.

The World Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 22 at the home of the remaining team with the best regular-season record. Oct. 24 and Oct. 28 have been set as travel days, with Game 7 set for Oct. 30, if necessary.

—Field Level Media

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