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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi put All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano back in the lineup for the first time since he injured his hand on Tuesday.
Girardi said that Cano had to make it through batting practice before he will make a final decision. After hitting, Cano pronounced himself ready to play Friday.Cano responded by singling in two runs during a five-run fifth inning that helped the Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-5.
On Tuesday night in Toronto, Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ nailed Cano on the left hand with a fastball. X-rays were negative, and the Yankees diagnosed it as a contusion. Cano sat out Wednesday's game, the first he had missed all season. The Yankees were off on Thursday.
The Yankees are very thin in the infield because Jayson Nix is done for the year with a broken hand. On Tuesday, Eduardo Nunez, who replaced Cano, went down awkwardly on his right knee. The Yankees announced that an MRI on Nunez's knee was negative on Thursday and the team listed him as day-to-day.
On Wednesday in Toronto, the Yankees had to put Mark Reynolds at second. Reynolds is normally a first and third baseman. The Yankees are expected to call up at least one, if not more, backup infielders when rosters expand on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Happ's 90 mph fastball didn't immediately knock Cano out of the game. He stayed in to run the bases and scored on Alfonso Soriano's home run. Cano did not return to the field when the Yankees went out on defense in the bottom half of the first.
During spring training, Happ hit Curtis Granderson on the right forearm, which forced Granderson to miss the Yankees' initial 38 games.