Robinson Cano leaves All-Star Game

Updated: July 17, 2013, 1:36 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Even in the All-Star Game, the New York Yankees can't avoid injuries.

American League starting second baseman Robinson Cano was forced to leave the game Tuesday in the first inning after being hit by a 96 mph Matt Harvey fastball square on the right leg.

X-rays were negative, and it was announced as a contused right quad. Cano said he is hopeful he can play when the Yankees begin the second half in Boston on Friday.

"It is tight a little bit," Cano said.

After being attended to by AL manager Jim Leyland and trainers, Cano originally stayed in the game.

At the conclusion of the next at-bat, Cano took himself out. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia replaced him as a pinch runner.

As Cano left the field, Harvey said, "My bad," according to Cano. Cano told him, "No problem."

"The last thing I wanted to do was go out there and possibly injure somebody," Harvey said. "As he was walking by, I was trying to kind of get his attention, as he was going to first. When he then came off, obviously I apologized and made sure he was OK. I think he understands that it wasn't intentional, obviously. I apologized."

Cano was appearing in his fifth All-Star Game, but it still pained him to exit so early.

"You have been waiting for this moment for a long time," Cano said in the Citi Field news conference room. "That is like any kid. It is a dream come true to play in front of your home crowd, and the second pitch of the game. It is disappointing, but at the same time, that is part of the game."

Cano said he already had heard from Yankees head trainer Steve Donohue. The treatment, according to Cano, is just to ice the bruise.

Cano is the only member of the Yankees' regular starting infield who has not been on the disabled list this season. First baseman Mark Teixeira is done for the season after wrist surgery. Shortstop Derek Jeter has played just one game because of a fractured ankle and is now dealing with a strained right quad. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not played in the majors all season because of hip surgery.

The Yankees have also been without regular corner outfielder Curtis Granderson, who is dealing with a fractured hand. The Yankees (51-44) entered the All-Star break trailing the Red Sox by six games in the AL East and are three back of the second wild card.

Cano is leading the team with a .302 average, 21 homers and 65 RBIs.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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