Robinson Cano leaves game after getting hit on hand, X-rays negative

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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.

For example, it was Happ who hit Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson on the wrist in spring training this season, breaking it and causing Granderson to miss the first 38 games of the season.

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.

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