Robinson Cano’s hip injury is the Yankees’ latest concern

ST. PETERSBURG – As if it wasn’t troublesome enough for the Yankees that Robinson Cano couldn’t flag down Chris Gimenez’s go-ahead hit on Monday, the play came with an added dash of injury concern.

Cano said that he felt his left hip grab as he chased Gimenez’s slow roller through the right side of the infield, which gave the Rays a 4-3 eighth-inning lead that they would hold for the victory.

After receiving treatment from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, Cano said he was not sure if he will be available to play on Tuesday.

“Right when I tried to bend, my left foot just came straight up and I felt my hip,” Cano said. “It will be hopefully just nothing bad. … It’s tight right now. Hopefully nothing bad or anything.”

In Cano’s eighth-inning at-bat, he neglected to run hard out of the box on a line drive to third baseman Evan Longoria, but he said that was unrelated to any injuries. Cano said he simply believed Longoria had caught the line drive on the fly and then started running when he realized that wasn’t the case.

On Gimenez’s go-ahead hit, Cano said that he was trying to reach for the ball and had a good shot at it, but the ball went under his glove. He said that he would have dove for the ball if the play had been tougher, but Cano didn’t think it was necessary at the time.

“If it was every farther, yeah, of course [he would have dove],” Cano said. “You’ve got to keep the ball in the infield, but if you see the replay, [the hip is] why the ball went under my glove.”

As he spoke to reporters on Monday evening, Cano said that he had already iced the hip and that while he is concerned, he does not believe the injury is very serious.

“I didn’t hear anything pop, thank God,” Cano said. “[We'll] see what happens tomorrow.”

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Didn’t run because he thought Longoria caught the ball. Didn’t dive because the play wasn’t hard enough. Lots of excuses with zero results. It’d be great if Cano would give maximum effort every time instead of trying to calculate how little he can get away with. Won’t happen with him, but it would be great.

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