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Padres to release veteran second baseman Robinson Cano

May 23, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are set to release veteran infielder Robinson Cano after just 12 games with the club, The Athletic reported.

Cano, 39, was released by the New York Mets on May 8 and signed with the Padres five days later. But he went just 3-for-33 in San Diego, which has been waiting on the return of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. following a motorcycle crash in the offseason.

Multiple outlets reported Thursday that outfielder Nomar Mazara will have his contract selected by the Padres.

Cano is a career .301 hitter over 17 seasons with a .351 on-base percentage, but he did not play in 2021 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He has 335 home runs with 1,306 RBIs for the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18), Mets (2019-22) and Padres.

Mazara, 27, is a career .255 hitter with 83 home runs and 342 RBIs over six major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2016-19), Chicago White Sox (2020) and Tigers (2021). He played in 50 games with the Detroit Tigers last season, batting .212 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

–Field Level Media