The Seattle Mariners were dealt a significant blow Sunday when it was revealed that second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers southpaw Blaine Hardy.
Cano left the game in the top of the third inning after an 88-mph pitch got away from Hardy, drilling the veteran in the right hand. After a discussion with Seattle's training staff, Cano was replaced by Andrew Romine.
It was announced postgame that Cano will be examined by a hand specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday to determine the next steps, per Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 Seattle.
"It is broken bad," Cano said. "We will see what the specialist says tomorrow. Maybe surgery and we will go from there."
Depending on the severity of the fracture and whether surgery is needed, this type of injury typically takes anywhere from six-to-eight weeks to fully heal, according to SportsMD.
The 35-year-old Cano has been remarkably durable throughout his 14-year career split between the New York Yankees and Mariners. He averaged 153 games during his nine seasons in the Bronx, and has appeared on the disabled list just once (missing seven days last year with a quad strain) since signing his 10-year, $240-million contract with the Mariners in 2013.
Cano entered Sunday's game hitting .287/.385/.441 (.827 OPS) with 1.3 WAR and 128 wRC+ this season.