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In light of having to place Derek Jeter back on the disabled list after only one game, the Yankees do have something better to report with second baseman Robinson Cano. The Star Ledger's Andy McCullough tweeted Friday afternoon that Cano will start against the Yankees' fiercest rival Boston Red Sox tonight. He will bat third as usual.
Young New England Lineup: Gardner 8, Suzuki 9, Cano 4, Wells DH, Almonte 7, Overbay 3, Lillibridge 5, Nunez 6, Stewart 2, Pettitte 1.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) July 19, 2013
This is great news in light of Jeter's new injury and in light of the fastball that Cano took off the knee in his plate appearance in the All-Star game Tuesday night. The Mets' Matt Harvey hit Cano with a mid-90s fastball, forcing Cano out of the game and into the examination room. Many sighs of relief went out when the X-rays came up negative.
The Yankees cannot afford another injury, especially to Cano. Jeter is already out again, Mark Teixeira is out for the season, and Curtis Granderson still has not recovered. Even Alex Rodriguez, due back this Monday, will most likely not have the power that he used to have. That assumes he will even get to play once the Biogenesis suspensions come out. Cano is the Yankkes' only legitimate home run threat most every at bat.
Cano is hitting .302/.386/.531 with 21 HR and 65 RBI for a team ranked 11th in the American League in runs scored. The next highest home run total on the team is Travis Hafner's 12; Lyle Overbay is second with 42 RBI. Cano's WAR so far this year is 4.8.
Cano has even handled left-handers well. He is .264 against them, and he will face Boston lefties Felix Doubront Friday and Jon Lester on Sunday. He will test that knee as he runs the bases. The Yankees will keep an eye on him and hope that he has no ill effects from the Tuesday's hit.
The Yankees have a chance this weekend to shrink the six-game deficit they have coming out of the All-Star break. That task is difficult enough already, and losing Cano would make it nearly impossible.
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