Rapid Reaction: Cano exits in first after HBP

July, 16, 2013
7/16/13
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Robinson Cano leaves in the first inning after taking a fastball to the knee.Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesRobinson Cano leaves in the first inning after taking a fastball to the knee.
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano’s All-Star Game ended rather quickly.

The Yankees second baseman was drilled in the right knee by a 97-mph fastball from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the top of the first inning. Cano limped to first base, but was eventually taken out.

X-rays were negative. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia replaced Cano at second.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees, their fans and agent Jay-Z can’t be happy. You never want to see your superstar player get hurt in an All-Star Game -- even if it’s meaningful. The smart move was clearly to come out and avoid further injury.

CANO’S IMPACT: Cano is the only real threat in the Yankees’ lineup. The 30-year-old veteran, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, is hitting .302 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs.

DAD WEIGHS IN: Cano’s father, Jose, who pitched to Robinson in Saturday night’s Home Run Derby, thinks his son will stay with the Yankees. Cano would not comment. ESPN NewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the news story.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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