SEATTLE -- It isn't just a Mariners rarity when Robinson Cano isn't in the lineup. He hadn't missed a game this season, missed only five last year, and had averaged 160 games for the previous seven seasons with the Yankees.
So even though Cano entered Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Indians at Safeco Field with a very un-Cano-like .253/.296/.333 line, one home run and 13 RBIs, it didn't take long for Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon to explain why the second baseman's name didn't appear on the card for the first time in 2015.
"He's sick," McClendon said. "A lot of thought went into that one."
McClendon said Cano began suffering flu-like symptoms overnight after the team's Sunday afternoon win over the Rays in St. Petersburg and received an IV for dehydration.
Brad Miller got the start Thursday at second base, while Nelson Cruz moved up to third in the batting order.
Cano did get into the game when he pinch-hit with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and flew out to right field.
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