OAKLAND -- With New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long concerned about the long-term impact of participating in the Home Run Derby, second baseman Robinson Cano gave some leeway that he could decide not to participate.
"We still have five days left," Cano said before Tuesday night's game with the A's.
While Cano felt honored that he was asked, Girardi and Long were less than enthused. They understand, they said, there is prestige in the invite, but worried about the impact it could have on Cano's second half.
"Physically, I think is somewhat of a grind," Girardi said.
He added that the decision to participate is solely Cano's.
"I would rather him probably not to do it," Long said. "But I can understand him doing it and the excitement of it. It's a pretty neat honor.
"It is just taxing on you. It can wear you down. But he is a strong kid and he is durable and he should be OK."
Girardi nor Long spoke with Cano before he agreed to take part in the Derby, which will take place Monday in Anaheim.
"It is an honor to go there," Cano said. "You look back and the greatest guys always go there. Like I said, the most important thing for me is this team so I'm not going to go out there and try to do too much or anything. I'm just going to go out there and have fun."
He even left open the possibility he won't participate.
Cano was one of six players named to the Derby on Tuesday. The others from the American League are the Boston Red Sox' David Ortiz, the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and the Toronto Blue Jays' Vernon Wells. From the National League, it was the Milwaukee Brewers Corey Hart and the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday.
One Yankee who can give Cano advice is third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who wasn't asked and wouldn't have participated because of his recent hip problems, will give simple counsel if Cano goes through with the competition.
"Hit them far," Rodriguez said.
Cano was voted to start the All-Star Game at second base for the first time in his career. He entered Tuesday tied with the Florida Marlins' Dan Uggla for the most home runs by a second baseman, with 16.