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Robinson Cano returns to Mets camp, but won’t enter games right away

For the first time in nearly a week, Robinson Canó emerged from the Mets’ clubhouse late Tuesday afternoon, stretched alongside his teammates, then took ground balls and batting practice at Citi Field.

Canó had missed six days of workouts for an undisclosed reason, but he is now back in camp in what the Mets hope will be enough time to ramp up for the regular season.

“We’ll go day by day,” manager Luis Rojas said. “He looks great.”

Mets officials did not give a reason for Canó’s absence, only to say repeatedly that they will not discuss the statuses of absent players. Canó is expected to speak to the media later this week.

By that time, the Mets should have a better idea of whether Canó will be ready to start at second base for Opening Day on July 24. He did not participate in the team’s intrasquad game on Tuesday evening, and he may not take part in future games if he is not physically ready.

“Obviously, seeing him today will dictate a lot of that,” Rojas said Tuesday. “He’s going to go through practices. We’re not thinking of having him play the intrasquad today right away, but he brought great shape to camp and he looks in great shape right now, just seeing him in the clubhouse. We’ll have to see him today, and then that progression will either go from a couple days or it can be a little longer. Our performance staff has a great eye from that, and they’ll have a feel from the feedback they get today.”