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UPDATE: NY Yankees Receive Good News on Cano, Marte Following MRI Exams

Stephen MeyerDeputy MLB EditorMarch 16, 2009

Enter Sandman.


No, not Mariano Rivera jogging to the mound to dominate another ninth inning.


Not the sounds of Metallica blasting throughout the stadium as fans scream song lyrics in unison.

I am talking about the other Sandman.


"The Sandman" has disguised himself as two very important MRI exams taken on the ailing shoulders of RP Damaso Marte and 2B Robinson Cano.


The entire Yankees organization will be able to sleep peacefully again tonight, as positive news was returned regarding both players' statuses.


Marte has simple inflammation in his pitching shoulder, and should be able to return without any long-lasting effects.


Cano has been diagnosed with shoulder bursitis, and is expected to take anti-inflammatory medication while rehabilitating. He could return to action as early as Friday.


It is very intriguing that Cano said he felt pressured to participate in the World Baseball Classic.


He felt discomfort in the arm dating back to before he left Tampa for the Dominican roster. However, he never mentioned it to the Yankees in order to avoid being perceived as backing out.


Cano has promised to be forthright in the future regarding his injuries, and understands that the Yankees hold first priority.


The secrecy is alarming, but I trust that Cano will not make this same mistake twice.


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