Robinson Cano leaves game after being hit by pitch
TORONTO — The Yankees have managed to stay in the postseason chase despite numerous injuries to star players this season, with one of their constants being the presence of second baseman Robinson Cano.
That is now officially in jeopardy, as Cano was hit on the left hand by a 90 mph J.A. Happ fastball in the first inning of New York’s game on Tuesday at Rogers Centre. He was diagnosed with a left hand contusion, but was sent for precautionary X-rays.
Cano doubled over in pain and smashed his helmet several times into the turf after the plunking, attended to on the field by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
After a lengthy discussion, Cano stayed in the game and was on base when Alfonso Soriano crushed a three-run homer to left field on Happ’s next pitch. Cano then gathered his bats and headed for the clubhouse, where X-rays will surely be taken.
An American League All-Star this year, Cano is hitting .305 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs in 131 games. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base for the bottom of the first inning.
It could be the Yankees’ second costly hit-by-pitch this season from the left-hander Happ, who also fractured Curtis Granderson’s right forearm with a pitch during the Yankees’ first exhibition game of Spring Training on Feb. 24.