Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the New York Mets’ new second baseman, Robinson Cano, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the completion of the 2018 season, saying “the surgery was considered minor”.
Cano was still a member of the Mariners at the time of the procedure, but the surgery was performed by the Mets’ medical director, Dr. David Altchek. Rosenthal notes “it is not unusual for a player to undergo an operation with another team’s physician, as long as his own club grants permission”.
Cano, 36, hit .303/.374/.471 with a 136 OPS+ rating in a suspension-shortened 2018 campaign (80 games, 348 plate appearances) with four defensive runs saved and a 2.8 ultimate zone rating in 561.1 innings at second base.
In an interview with Brian Kenny of MLB Network on Tuesday afternoon, the 36-year-old touched on a number of subjects, including his future and range at the keystone position.
“My future here is to play second base for the Mets […]. I feel great,” Cano said. “These days people always [talk] about range. Now, they tell you where to play, which is different.”
Cano is on track to be ready for spring training in February.