Robinson Cano struggles with digestive ailment amid miserable season

Baseball Few hitters have been as consistent as Robinson Cano over the past decade.His managers could always pencil him into the lineup, as he has played at least 157 games every season since 2007, and they could always count on him for offense, with his OPS dipping below .836 only once in the last nine years. MORE: All-Star Game starters for AL, NL But 2015 has been a different story for the Mariners second baseman, who figures to miss out on the All-Star Game for the first time since 2009 as he carries a .248 average and feeble .652 OPS into Monday's game. What happened? Cano provided some possible answers in a Spanish-language interview with USA Today Sports.Cano said he dealt with stomach discomfort the last two months of last season and in October was diagnosed with a parasite, which was treated with antibiotics. But he developed acid reflux along the way and continues to struggle with that ailment."It still affects me,'' Cano told USA Today. "Sometimes you drink water and it makes you feel like vo

miting. I can't eat the same way I did. It's hard to deal with, especially being the first time this has happened to me. Sometimes I eat only once a day before playing, because I feel full. And you just don't have the same energy.''Cano, 32, had not previously mentioned the issue because he doesn't want to sound as if he is making excuses — particularly when he's making $24 million this year and each of the next eight seasons. But he said there's no question there has been a trickle-down effect on the field."Sometimes I play without any strength or energy, but you have to play, give the best of yourself,'' he said. "Some people may say, 'Cano, he's listless.' But (the energy) is not the same.''In addition to the physical issues, Cano also has been mourning his paternal grandfather, Ovidio Cano, who died of lung cancer in March. Cano said his grandfather was his "No. 1 fan" and like a second father to him, and he has struggled with losing a reliable sounding board.