Robinson Cano Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Hand, Potential Return Date
Robinson Cano had to leave Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with an apparent right hand contusion.
He returned to the lineup on Friday against the Orioles.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
From Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:
Cano says "maybe Friday" for return to lineup— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 28, 2013
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported the All-Star starter's night was likely over:
Looks like Robinson Cano's night is done; Toronto TV feed showed him gathering his bat and heading in. X-rays surely next.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 27, 2013
Cano was hurt after being hit in the left hand by a fastball from Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Dropping his bat in obvious pain, Cano instantly grabbed his hand/wrist area and nearly crumpled to the ground.
He was then attended to by the Yankees' training staff and manager Joe Girardi, eventually taking his base at first. Though he stayed on-base for the subsequent at-bat—a three-run home run by Alfonso Soriano to put New York ahead 4-0—Cano was instantly taken out after returning to the dugout. The 30-year-old second baseman was replaced by Eduardo Nunez.
Should Cano's injury keep him out long-term, it could not come at a worse time for the Bronx Bombers. New York has won 11 of its last 16 games, bringing itself back into the wild-card hunt after hovering around the .500 mark in early August.
Heading into Tuesday night's action, the Yankees were 4.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot. They are 7.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox at this juncture, not an insurmountable deficit but a difficult one considering they look up at the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles as well.
Cano's injury may prove to be the final nail for a team that's been barely holding on all season. A free agent this offseason, Cano has been the mainstay and driving force behind an offense that has scraped for runs. He has a slash line of .305/.384/.506, hitting 24 home runs and knocking in 85 runs and (most importantly) hasn't missed a game.
The Yankees have struggled mightily with injuries all season. Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira have all missed significant time, with the team dropping to average or below-average in nearly every hitting category.
However, before Tuesday night, that luck was starting to change. Rodriguez was seemingly rounding into form after hitting his 650th career home run Monday night and Jeter returning to the lineup. New York seemed to be getting healthy at the perfect time.
After one more at the Rogers Center, the Yankees play 14 of their next 17 games against Baltimore and Boston.
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