Robinson Cano was the Mets’ hottest hitter before he went on the injured list and though his homer and RBI single weren’t enough Friday night, Cano looked like he picked up where he left off.
Serving as the DH in his first game back from a left groin strain, Cano hit a long home run in the third and tied the game in the top of the ninth before the Mets lost it in the bottom of the inning in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies.
“It’s almost like he didn’t lose a beat from the day he got hurt,’’ manager Luis Rojas said.
Though the 37-year-old showed he’s capable of performing as a DH, Rojas stressed the Mets still need him at second base.
The season started with Yoenis Cespedes as the Mets’ primary DH, but various players have been inserted into the spot since Cespedes opted out from the season nearly two weeks ago.
“We have to get [Cano] on the field, as well,” Rojas said before the game. “Robbie is a good defender for us. He can do a lot of things and we can use that DH spot for other guys to keep them fresh as well in that rotation. … That DH spot is crucial for the health of the players throughout this quick ramp up and the heat and everything the…