Cano set for Friday return to Mariners camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano is expected back at Mariners camp on Friday after attending funeral services for his grandfather in the Dominican Republic this week, manager Lloyd McClendon said on Monday.

Cano flew to the Dominican on Sunday after learning of his grandfather's death. The six-time American League All-Star likely won't play until Saturday, McClendon said.

The Mariners face the D-backs on Saturday at Salt River Fields.

Cano, who is in the second year of a 10-year, $240 million contract, has gone 2-for-5 with a double in two games this spring.

Cano played five games for Estrellas De Oriente in the Dominican Winter League over the offseason, in part so he could play in front of his ill grandfather, who was able to come watch him in their hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.