Robinson Cano leaves early after HBP
J.A. Happ has done it again. Robinson Cano was struck in the left hand by a 90 MPH fastball from Happ in the first inning of Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.
This is the second time Cano has left a game in the first inning after being struck by a pitch. The first came in the All-Star game when Matt Harvey unleashed a 97 MPH fastball that hit Cano in the back of the knee. That injury didn’t cause Cano to miss any time, it is unknown whether he will miss time with this injury.
This is also not the first time Happ has hit a Yankee this year causing them to leave a game, reports the Associated Press. In a spring training game in February, Happ hit Curtis Granderson on the wrist with a pitch, that ended up breaking his wrist causing him to miss 38 games.
After Cano was hit by the pitch, he stood around home plate grabbing at his hand and wrist while Yankee trainer Steve Donohue check him out reports NJ.com. Cano stayed in the game to run the bases and eventually scored on Alfonso Soriano’s 399th career homer. But he did not come back out for the bottom of the first.
The Yankees are trying to make up ground to get into the playoffs, and they can not afford to lose Cano, their most consistent bat. The team has overcome a lot of injuries this year, but if Cano misses any significant amount of time this might be the straw that breaks the camels back.