Robinson Cano is right back on the injured list.

Four days after returning to the lineup, the slumping second baseman was placed on the 10-day IL by the New York Mets again Sunday with tightness in his left quadriceps. The move is retroactive to Thursday, after Cano aggravated the injury Wednesday night in his first game since May 22.

Cano sat out the next three days while the Mets tried to determine whether he needed another stint on the injured list.

"When you have an active guy and you start him, you want him to be able to go nine innings. I don't think at this point we were confident that that could happen safely without putting him at any kind of risk," manager Mickey Callaway said. "So we feel like a rehab assignment probably will be the best thing, and a progression throughout that rehab assignment to get him to where he needs to be. He could have probably pinch-hit, but we don't need Robbie to be just a pinch-hitter, we need him to be a starter and go out there and play and get four at-bats a night."

 

Red Sox slugger out  

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of back tightness.

Boston manager Alex Cora said Sunday the 31-year-old Martinez "is feeling better, but he's not ready to play."

Martinez has not started eight of the last 20 games. He missed four games in Toronto from May 21-23. Cora said the first two games were because of illness and the last two because of his back.

 

Ex-Phillies manager dies

Frank Lucchesi, who was the Philadelphia Phillies manager when they moved from Connie Mack Stadium to Veterans Stadium, died Saturday. He was 92 years old.

Lucchesi was a career minor-league player before spending 19 years as a minor-league manager, including 14 seasons in the Phillies’ system. He finally got his big-league break in September 1969 when the Phillies hired him to be their manager in 1970.

 

Padres release catcher

Catcher Chris Stewart has been released from his minor league contract by the San Diego Padres after exercising his right to be let go if not added to the major league roster by June 1.

The 37-year-old hit .277 with two doubles, one homer and eight RBI in 19 games with Triple-A El Paso.