Cano said that he began feeling ill before the Yankees' game on Monday at Yankee Stadium, going hitless in three at-bats with a walk. A four-hour flight to Texas did not seem to help matters.
"I'm a little down today," Cano said before the game. "I don't want to take a chance and go in and have to be taken out of the game. I don't feel good."
Cano said that he would take it easy before Tuesday's game, staying off the field and only hitting in the cages during batting practice. But he entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning for Ramiro Pena, grounding out there before singling in the ninth.
"I checked with him and it was a situation where I knew he's had a lot of success against Darren Oliver," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I knew I had him [available] tonight. You go for it when you've got the opportunity."
Girardi said that head athletic trainer Gene Monahan had urged the manager not to start Cano, as originally planned.
"He just seems really lethargic today, and not quite himself," Girardi said before the game. "I thought we'd better give him a day off, because if we send him out in this heat, I worry that this could really linger."
Pena started at second base, batting ninth in a depleted Yankees lineup that is also missing first baseman Mark Teixeira, who is attending to the birth Tuesday of his third child, William Charles.