The Mariners second baseman is staring at a prolonged absence after suffering a broken hand over the weekend. The injury occurred when Cano was struck by a pitch, breaking his fifth metacarpal. The five metacarpals of the hand connect the small carpal bones of the wrist and the long bones of the fingers. The distal ends of the metacarpals form the knuckles of the hand.
The associated recovery time for a fractured metacarpal generally depends on the nature of the break. If the bone shifted following the fracture than surgery is often necessary to insure stability and alignment of the fractured pieces. Conversely, nondisplaced fractures can heal without surgical intervention, though recovery remains measured in weeks not days.
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