Robinson Cano has been reinstated by the Seattle Mariners and will join them for their Tuesday contest against the Oakland Athletics, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Robinson Cano has officially been reinstated. Casey Lawrence has been optioned to Tacoma. Sam Tuivailala has been moved to the 60-day DL— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 14, 2018
Cano has finished an 80-game suspension for violating the MLB's PED policy, and he rejoins the Mariners at the perfect time. They sit at 69-51, 2.5 games behind the Athletics for the second wild card spot in the AL.
The Mariners performed well without Cano for the first several weeks, but the pitching has't held up as of late, and the offense has been struggling in recent weeks. Having one of baseball's pure sluggers back provides an ample boost for the Mariners, who are looking to end their 17-year playoff drought.
Prior to his suspension, Cano was batting .287 with four home runs, 23 RBI and an .825 OPS in 9 games. Though his home run totals were down compared to what we're used to, Cano is still an excellent contact hitter and plays excellent defense at second base. The Mariners certainly need the 2009 World Series Champion to get hot as they chase down Oakland for the last playoff spot in the AL.
The eight-time All-Star owns a career .304 batting average with 2,417 hits and 305 home runs. Cano hasn't showed any signs of slowing down in his mid-30s, and the Mariners are getting every penny worth of the lucrative $240 million deal he received in 2013.
A lineup that boasts Cano, Kyle Seager, Dee Gordon and Nelson Cruz is bound to scare every other team as the Mariners continue to stick around in the postseason race. Now, the Mariners just need Cano to ease his way back into the lineup, and for the pitching to find its early-season groove again as they try to snap North America's longest postseason drought.