Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays after being struck on the left hand with a pitch in the first inning. In what has to be termed unbelievably great news for the Yankees, the club has announced that X-rays have come back negative.
Here's the pitch, courtesy of J.A. Happ:
Yikes, that sounded like it hit a bat. These are the types of pitches that break bones in the hand and cause players to miss weeks healing.
So Cano and the Yankees really dodged a bullet.
Cano, 30, is hitting .305/.385/.506 with 27 doubles, 24 homers and 85 RBI this season. He's set to be a free agent after the season. The Yankees entered play Monday night trailing the A's by 4.5 games in the race for the second wild card.