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Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers

Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers

Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano did not play in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday due to a stiff neck, but manager Joe Girardi appeared unconcerned after the game.

"Guys sleep wrong sometimes," Girardi said. "We got a win without him. It probably doesn't hurt him to have an off-day, either, so it might play a big role as the season goes on and he gets a full off-day today, which was nice."

Girardi said the Yankees tried to get Cano ready to play, but the stiffness persisted; Jayson Nix started at second base instead. Nix went 2-for-4 with a pair of infield singles, a stolen base and a run scored out of the nine-hole, but Girardi would like to have Cano back in the middle of the order as the Yankees attempt to sweep Texas on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

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"Hopefully, he'll be ready to play tomorrow," Girardi said. "If not, we'll give him one more day. He's day by day."

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