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Cano back in the lineup against the Orioles

08/30/2013 5:11 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

After sitting out Wednesday's contest with a bruised hand, Robinson Cano is back in the lineup Friday in the crucial series opener against the Orioles.(AP)
Robinson Cano was back in the Yankees lineup on Friday, and although he was listed as a reserve, Eduardo Nunez also said he felt he was good to go.

Cano, who sat out Wednesday's game after being hit in the hand by a pitch Tuesday, was in manager Joe Girardi's original lineup, although the skipper said he would wait until after batting practice to make it "official" that his second baseman would be back in the starting nine.

"We'll see how it goes. If I have to make a change, I'll make a change," Girardi said, adding that Mark Reynolds would likely slide over to second base once again if Cano cannot play.

Shortly thereafter, though, Cano told the media he had taken BP in the indoor cage and felt better, and would take grounders during batting practice as well to make sure everything was good to go.

"I think I'm good to go," Cano said. "(My hand) feels a lot better, and I took some BP inside and it felt good. I haven't taken ground balls or anything yet, but I should be fine."

Cano had not missed a full game until Wednesday, and reiterated how hard it was for him not to be in the lineup at all for that contest.

"It's always hard to miss a game because I love to play," Cano said. "Thankfully (the bruised hand) wasn't something worse."

As for Nunez, he told the media that he had treatment all day Thursday and then again Friday morning on what is being officially termed a "twisted knee," and despite the fact that he still feels a little pain when running, he's healthy enough to be available in a pinch.

"I think I can play tonight if they need me to and help out," he said.

Nunez did admit, however, that he hasn't swung a bat since being pulled off the field during Wednesday's batting practice, but he was set to take BP on Friday to test the knee in that regard.

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