Day after tweaking hip, Cano back as DH

Day after tweaking hip, Cano back as DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Hoping to maintain their grip on first place in the American League East, the Yankees notched a small victory on Tuesday afternoon, as second baseman Robinson Cano was cleared to return to the starting lineup after an injury scare.

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."