Curry: X-rays on Cano come back negative

The second baseman said he is hopeful to start against the Red Sox on Friday
07/16/2013 10:13 PM ET
By Jack Curry

Robinson Cano says he expects to play on Friday for the Yankees against the Red Sox(AP)
As soon as Matt Harvey's 96-mile per hour fastball collided with the back of Robinson Cano's right knee, the sound was enough to concern the Yankees. It was a loud and ugly sound, a sound that was followed by the sight of a wounded Cano trying to walk to first base. He made it to first, but then quickly removed himself from the game.

In a season that has been littered with injuries, the Yankees wondered if their best and most durable player had suffered a major injury in the first inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. For several anxious minutes, Cano and the Yankees waited and wondered. The Yankees were relieved to learn that Cano's X-rays were negative and that he merely had a contusion on his right quadriceps.

After Cano learned of the X-ray results, I spotted him sitting in a golf cart outside the National League clubhouse. I asked Cano if he was O.K. and Cano smiled and said that he was fine. Then Cano's driver hustled him away and drove him back to American League clubhouse. A few minutes later, Cano explained that he felt some tightness, not pain, in his quad and was hopeful that he could play against the Red Sox on Friday night.

"Yeah, hopefully, yeah," Cano said.

Cano described how Harvey's second pitch to him cut sharply inside and drilled him behind his knee. The ball moved so fast that Cano couldn't get out of the way. Cano said that trainers told him to ice his leg and rest for the next few days.

When Cano limped from first base to the third base dugout to leave the game, Harvey patted his chest to take ownership of the pitch. Cano said Harvey was saying "my bad" and Cano winked at him.

"What else can you say?" Cano said. He said Harvey did not "want to hit nobody on purpose."

Harvey, who pitched two scoreless innings, stressed that he wasn't trying to hit Cano.

"It's the last thing I wanted to do is injure somebody," Harvey said. "Obviously, I apologized and made sure he's O.K."

As the Yankees try to make a post-season push, they need more offense and, of course, they must have a healthy and productive Cano. Cano has hit .302 with 21 homers and 65 runs batted in and has played in all 95 Yankee games. The Yankees need him to play in the 96th game and the 97th and on and on. A 96 M.P.H. fastball almost spoiled that plan, but Cano and the Yankees were fortunate that it didn't.

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