Cano in lineup after X-rays come back clean

Cano in lineup after X-rays come back clean

Cano in lineup after X-rays come back clean
TORONTO -- The Yankees were relieved to learn that X-rays on Robinson Cano's left hand were negative, and the second baseman was back in New York's starting lineup on Saturday afternoon, batting cleanup.

Cano was hit on the hand by a pitch from the Blue Jays' Brett Cecil in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 11-4 win on Friday. He remained in the game but was sent for tests at a local hospital later in the evening.

"I was worried a little bit," Cano said. "The good thing was when I was swinging in that [last] at-bat, I didn't feel anything. That was a good sign."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expected Cano's hand to be sore, but the results of the X-rays lifted some concern that it would present a lingering issue.

"I felt pretty good about it that he was able to stay in the game, but with the hand, there's all those little bones that you worry about," Girardi said.

Cano entered play on Saturday batting .301 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs in 156 games this year. He said that he couldn't help but think of Alex Rodriguez, who fractured his left hand in July when he was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch.

"A little bit, yeah," Cano said. "With where I got hit, I thought it was something bad. Good thing it was nothing major."