Robinson Cano left Tuesday’s New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays game after being hit in the hand by a pitch from J.A. Happ in the first inning.
Happ went up and in on Cano with an 0-2 fastball and nailed the lefty in the left hand. Cano actually turned into the pitch because he was getting prepared to swing, which led to him getting hit.
Happ also hit Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson on the arm in spring training in February. Granderson missed the first 38 games of the season with a broken forearm as a result.
The type of pitch that got Granderson and Cano tends to cause fractures on the hand, fingers, or wrist and frequently leads to a player missing time. The Yankees entered Tuesday 69-62 and 4.5 games back in the wild card race. Cano is the team’s best hitter and leads them in every important category.
To give you an idea of what they would be like without him, I’ll share this graphic:
UPDATE: The X-rays came back negative. Cano is day-to-day.