Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/28/13
Star second baseman Robinson Cano was out of the New York Yankees' lineup Wednesday night, a day after being hit by a pitch in the left hand. Cano was struck by a pitch from J.A. Happ in the first inning. Manager Joe Girardi said Cano was still dealing with pain and swelling. Girardi said he hoped to have Cano in the lineup Friday night at home against Baltimore. Cano is batting .305 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs. The Yankees also were minus infielder Eduardo Nunez. He was scratched with a sore right knee. Nunez fell after catching his cleat in a seam on the artificial turf Tuesday. He left an inning later and Girardi dubbed the tumble a ''Nuney-ism.'' The Yankees also had some fun at Nunez's expense Wednesday before he was scratched. There were laughs when teammates replaced the chair at Nunez's locker with a wheelchair, and used tape to make an imitation chalk outline near the spot where he'd fallen down behind second base. A chuckling Nunez said he suspected Derek Jeter and Cano were behind the wheelchair prank, and pledged to make the culprits pay. ''For sure,'' he said. ''I'm going to find out and do something to them.'' Nunez acknowledged that he had developed a reputation for on-field incidents. ''Weird things happen to me all the time,'' he said. Still sore, Nunez tested his knee during batting practice, but gathered his equipment and walked off the field with trainer Steve Donohue after about 20 minutes. Jeter made his third consecutive start at shortstop after coming off the disabled list Monday for the third time this season, alongside Alex Rodriguez at third base. Mark Reynolds was set to make his first major league start at second base. He finished up there Tuesday night after Cano and Nunez were hurt. Before that ninth-inning stint, Reynolds had not played at second since 2007, his rookie season with Arizona. Reynolds homered Tuesday night while another recent acquisition, Alfonso Soriano, hit two home runs. Soriano has 11 homers and 33 RBIs since rejoining the Yankees in a July 26 trade with the Chicago Cubs. Girardi speculated that the 37-year-old felt more comfortable in New York's veteran clubhouse. ''The Cubs are a lot of kids,'' Girardi said. ''It might be a little bit more difficult to relate, in a sense. Now he gets to be around people his age and it's probably easier.'' Girardi also said right-hander Phil Hughes remains on track to make his next start Sunday. Hughes is winless in his last nine starts. ''We could address it,'' Girardi said of his rotation, ''but right now that's what I have.''
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cavs front office communicating less with players, coaches

Ichiro Suzuki considering return to Japan

Celtics legend JoJo White passes away at 71 after battle with cancer

Trevor Ariza reportedly viewed as Rockets' aggressor

Giants to play McCutchen in right, still pursuing CFs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Aly Raisman blasts USA Gymnastics: ‘I don’t think they care’ about sexual abuse allegations

PETA rips horse-punching Eagles fan, calls for lifetime ban

Mavs, Lakers to pursue Cousins in free agency?

Harrison wants trade if Pirates are not committed to winning

Report: DeAndre Jordan wants to be traded to Rockets

Source: Lakers ‘frustrated’ Lonzo Ball won’t stand up to his father

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Eight gutsy NBA trade deadline deals that would turn the tide

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Grading the deal: Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to Giants

The NBA's deep middle class emerges

Is Mike Moustakas that much better than Travis Shaw?

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker