Cano out of lineup for second straight game

Second baseman's status for weekend remains uncertain

Cano out of lineup for second straight game

TORONTO -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was held out for a second straight game on Friday due to a sore quadriceps muscle in his right leg, and his status for the rest of the weekend series with the Blue Jays is uncertain.

"It kind of feels the same as it did yesterday," manager Scott Servais said prior to Friday's game at Rogers Centre. "He's going to try to swing a little in the cage, but it's still bothering him so we'll give him another day and hopefully get him in there Saturday and Sunday. But I'm really not sure. It is truly day to day."

Cano, 34, has been dealing with the issue since being removed in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game in Philadelphia after feeling the muscle tighten up as he pulled into second with a double.

The seven-time All-Star played in Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies and went 4-for-5 with a walk, three RBIs and his eighth homer of the season. Cano also homered in Tuesday's game and has batted .349 (29-for-83) with 17 runs, 20 RBIs and seven homers in his last 21 games.

Servais said Cano aggravated the leg in his final at-bat on Wednesday in Philadelphia when he hit a little infield nubber and pushed hard to get down the line.

"His first couple strides out of the box were hard because he was sniffing a fifth hit," Servais said. "We're all human. It's the ballplayer in us. I think that's what got him there because he was managing it fine until that point."

Cano initially was in the lineup for Thursday's series opener in Toronto, but was scratched after taking five swings in the cage and realizing the leg had gotten worse.

Cano has put up a .296/.362/.533 line with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. He was replaced in the lineup on Friday by utility man Taylor Motter.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.