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Robinson Cano to begin his rehab assignment

Houston Astros  v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after lining out to Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros to end the game in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on April 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Houston Astros won 4-1. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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The Seattle Mariners announced today that Robinson Cano will play for Triple-A Tacoma tonight, beginning his rehab assignment in preparation for his return from his PED suspension.

Cano is eligible to return to big league action on August 14. It is unclear what his role will be for Seattle -- he’s been working out at first and third base down in the Dominican Republic -- but they could certainly use his bat. When Cano was suspended he was batting .287/.385/.441 in 39 games and, at the moment, Seattle is out of the playoff picture, having fallen behind the Athletics for the second wild card.

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