Cano sidelined, plus other morning news

Cano, Robinson 2Robinson Cano isn’t in the lineup for a second straight day on Friday and the explanation is simple. The Mariners new second baseman had root canal surgery on Wednesday afternoon and will be on a day-to-day basis regarding his return.

Cano is off to a nice start, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three runs and three RBIs in five games.

Carlos Triunfel gets the start at second today against the Reds in the 12:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium after Willie Bloomquist played there on Thursday.

Corey Hart makes his outfield debut today, getting his first game action in right field after playing strictly designated hitter in previous games. The Mariners have brought him along carefully as he returns from a pair of microfracture knee surgeries that forced him to sit out all of 2013 with the Brewers.

How pleased is he with Hart’s progress so far?

“I’ll let you know at the end of the day,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “At some point we need to get him out there. It’s early and you always want to be cautious. But we need to see where he’s at.”

Left-hander Randy Wolf gets his second spring start on the mound today as he continues working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He’s expected to throw three innings after putting up a pair of scoreless frames in his debut against the Indians on Sunday.

Here’s the full lineup for the game, which will be carried live on 710 ESPN Seattle radio.

Abraham Almonte CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Nick Franklin SS
Justin Smoak 1B
Corey Hart RF
Logan Morrison DH
Dustin Ackley LF
Mike Zunino C
Carlos Triunfel 2B

Randy Wolf LHP

The other news of the morning was an announcement by John Stearns that he was stepping down as third-base coach due to health reasons, with Rich Donnelly taking his place. You can read that story here.

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