Cano, Seager scratched from lineup vs. Giants
Robinson Cano was scratched from the Mariners lineup on Thursday with a stiff lower back and Kyle Seager was also a late scratch due to an illness believed to be food poisoning as Seattle lost two All-Star players for its Interleague series finale with the Giants.
Cano was replaced at second base by left fielder Dustin Ackley, who began his Major League career at second base and has played 281 games there, but none since Sept.13, 2013.
Veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist took Seager’s spot at third base.
Cano has been struggling offensively in his second season in Seattle, hitting .237 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 64 games. But this was the first time he’s been sidelined by any sort of health issue.
Seager, a 2014 All-Star and Gold Glove winner, has batted .272 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs in 66 games. He’s played in 192 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the Majors.
Cano was initially in the lineup in the No. 3 spot and Seager was slated to bat fifth. Instead, manager Lloyd McClendon moved Nelson Cruz up to the third spot and put Seth Smith in the cleanup role with Mark Trumbo batting fifth.
Here’s the new lineups: