Robinson Cano was hit in the hand by a fastball thrown by J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. The New York Yankees are all too used to things of this nature happening this year, with multiple injuries coming from hit-by-pitches.
Curtis Granderson was hit by Happ in spring training, leading to an injury that kept him out until May 14. Just 10 days after his return, he was hit on the hand again and put on the disabled list for the second time with the same type of injury. He was finally reactivated on August 2 and has been an everyday player since.
Jayson Nix was also hit on the hand by a Jays pitcher six days ago, this one coming from knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Cano stayed on first base after a long conference with the Yankees manager and trainer. The next pitch that Happ threw headed to the seats for a long three-run home run by Alfonso Soriano. But after getting to trot around the bases, Cano took his equipment back into the locker room and Eduardo Nunez took his place at second base in the bottom half of the inning.
The Yanks simply cannot go on to the playoffs without their best player in the lineup. Cano’s injury would be too devastating to overcome. He leads the Yanks with every relevant offensive category, and his being out for any significant amount of time would surely end their charge for the playoffs.
Now that the X-rays have come back negative, Cano is day-to-day and hopes to get back in the lineup by Friday, and Yankees fans can breathe a sigh of relief.