Cano felt his left hip tighten as he chased Chris Gimenez's eighth-inning RBI single in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Yankees on Monday at Tropicana Field. After receiving treatment, Cano was feeling good enough to serve as the club's designated hitter.
"Especially since it's on turf, you don't want to make it worse," Cano said. "Hopefully, I'll be back at second [base] tomorrow."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he wasn't 100 percent sure Cano would be able to play on Tuesday, but Cano's batting-practice session on the field convinced the team to go with its original lineup.
"He's an important bat for us," Girardi said. "Hopefully, this is not something that will linger and he's OK and we can move on. That would be a definite loss for us."