Mariners notebook: Cano sits again

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is battling a bruise between the thumb and forefinger on his left hand, the team confirmed. Cano was out of the lineup Friday for the second straight game.

“I feel better than I felt yesterday (Thursday),” Cano said.

When does he expect to be back in the lineup?

“Maybe tomorrow (Saturday),” Cano said, “but that’s up to the manager.”

The injury occurred earlier this week on a swing when the bat jammed back into the soft webbed area between Cano’s thumb and forefinger. Club officials privately indicated Cano should return by the end of the weekend.

“I’m just going to leave him out (today),” manager Lloyd McClendon said prior to the series opener against Detroit at Safeco Field. “He’s going to be day to day. He’s not in the lineup today.

“We’ll see how he’s feeling (today). It’s nothing serious. He has a little soreness in there in the muscle area.”

Cano is batting .327 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .420 slugging percentage. He has two homers and 31 RBI in 52 games. No major-league player has appeared in more games than Cano since the start of the 2007 season.

Nick Franklin replaced Cano at second base Friday for the second straight game.

Mock drafts

There’s still no consensus among the major online mock-draft projections for the Mariners with the No. 6 overall pick.

Baseball America’s John Manuel has Seattle taking Hartford left-hander Sean Newcomb, while’s Jonathan Mayo predicts Louisiana State righty Aaron Nola.

The two predictions came a few days after’s Keith Law projected the Mariners taking catcher/outfielder Alex Johnson of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego.

The three-day draft begins Thursday.

Minor details

Class A High Desert third baseman D.J. Peterson checked in at No. 4 in Baseball America’s weekly Prospect Hot Sheet. Peterson, a former Everett AquaSox, is generally viewed as the Mariners’ top non-pitching prospect.

“The best pure hitter in the Mariners system has put on a power show in the past week,” Baseball America noted, “slugging five of his 10 homers in the past seven days.

“Peterson hit just two homers in April but has slugged .589 this month. He said something clicked during a game against Lancaster after he ripped a double to right-center field. Moving away from a pull-happy approach and back to his line-drive swing has righted the ship.”

The Prospect Hot Sheet seeks to identify which of the game’s top prospects are currently performing well. It is not intended as a ranking of those prospects’ overall potential.

Short hops

Mariners reliever Danny Farquhar and Tigers catcher Alex Avila were teammates at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Fla. … M’s utilityman Willie Bloomquist entered the series with a .340 career average against the Tigers. The only active player who has a higher average against the Tigers with at least 120 plate appearances is Nationals outfielder Denard Span at .346. … The first 20,000 fans through the gates for tonight’s game get a Robinson Cano bobblehead doll.

Looking back

It was 15 years ago today — May 31, 1999 — that the Mariners set a major-league record by reaching 100 homers in 50 games. They also tied a major-league record for homers in one month by hitting 58 in May.

Bob Dutton, The News Tribune

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