Yankees 2B Robinson Cano OK

Updated: September 29, 2012, 4:28 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TORONTO -- The New York Yankees dodged a potentially disastrous bullet Saturday when X-rays of Robinson Cano's left hand came back negative after he was hit by a pitch in Friday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I was worried a little bit,'' Cano said. "But everything is OK.''

Cano was in the lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto, batting cleanup and playing second base.

"I'm sure he has a little bit of soreness, but there's no broken bones so we don't have to worry about that,'' manager Joe Girardi said."

Cano was hit by an 89-mph sinker in the sixth inning, but remained in the game and had two more at-bats, including an RBI single in the eighth inning in the Yankees' 11-4 victory.

The loss of Cano, who is batting .301 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs, could have been dire for a team embroiled in a fight for the AL East title. The Yankees retain a one-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and could lock up a playoff spot with a victory Saturday and a Texas Rangers victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Earlier this season, the Yankees lost Alex Rodriguez for 36 games in a similar incident, when a pitch from Felix Hernandez of Seattle fractured the third baseman's left hand.

"I felt pretty good about it that he was able to stay in the game, but with the hand there's all those little bones that you worry about,'' Girardi said of Cano, who was examined with a fluoroscope at the Rogers Centre after Friday night's game, and then taken to a local hospital for an X-ray.

An injury to Cano could have been even more damaging to the Yankees right now because their only real backup second baseman, Jayson Nix, was sent home to New York for an MRI Saturday morning after complaining of pain in his left hip flexor.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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