Robinson Cano said that, when he got to first base after being hit by a pitch in the first inning, he told first-base coach Mick Kelleher that he thought his hand was broken.
“I was (worried) because I was hurt,” Cano said. “I was real concerned.”
An initial evaluation at the stadium suggested no break, but Cano was sent to a hospital for a proper X-ray just to be sure. Cano was clearly relieved during his postgame interview on YES Network, but he also conceded that he might not be able to play tomorrow. With an off day on Thursday, Cano might take two days off before trying to play again.
“It’s swollen right now, and the last thing you want is to aggravate it,” Cano said. “… See how I feel tomorrow. If not (able to play), try to be ready for Friday.”
The Yankees are all too happy to let Cano miss one game if it means keeping him the rest of the season.
“You’re extremely relieved,” Joe Girardi said during his televised interview. “Obviously he’s day-to-day, and I don’t know what we have tomorrow. But the fact that there’s no break is a good sign. We haven’t had a lot of luck on our side when it’s come to X-rays, but we got some tonight. … Every hand that has been X-rayed has come back poorly. We had to go to another country to get a good one.”
• Eduardo Nunez is also uncertain for tomorrow. He hurt his knee — and went down as if he’d broken his leg — when he apparently got a spike caught in the turf in the eighth inning. “You’re thinking something shredded,” Girardi said. Initial indication is that Nunez has no serious injury.
• Mark Reynolds replaced Nunez at second base (after Nunez had replaced Cano) and it seems that Reynolds will likely play second base again tomorrow if Nunez is unavailable. “When he signed here, we didn’t envision him playing second base, but it happened,” Girardi said. “I didn’t envision Vernon playing third either.”
• It’s worth noting that Alfonso Soriano has not started a game at second base since 2005. According to Baseball Reference, he’s only played 3.2 innings at second base since then. Reynolds was a shortstop and utility type in the low minors and was still playing a handful of games at second as recently as 2007. He’d previously played there twice in the big leagues, both in ’07.
• Andy Pettitte was pulled after just 86 pitches. Girardi said he was simply trying to save some bullets in a game that was essentially in control. “Save him as much as we can,” Girardi said.
• Pettitte has been significantly better lately, including tonight’s seven scoreless innings. “I just feel like everything’s working for me,” Pettitte told reporters postgame. “My cutter’s working good, and I have a little bit better command, I feel like, of the outside corner. Just feeling better. My sinker is sinking now when I throw it. When you throw that out there and you’re able to get some groundball double plays again, that’s huge.”
• What was causing Pettitte’s problems previously? “It obviously has to do with my arm slot and has to do with my hand position,” he said. “At my age, I didn’t think I would ever lose that again, to tell you the truth, and I feel like I did.”
• Soriano stayed productive with a two homer game, including the 400th of his career.
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