When Robinson Cano runs out to his position at second base Monday at Yankee Stadium and looks to his right, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will be missing. A glance to the left, and no Mark Teixeira.
Cano can check the trainer's room if he needs to find a familiar face.
''You don't want to see anybody get hurt, but it's part of life. Hopefully, they get well soon,'' Cano said. ''Hopefully, we can just stay in the race until whenever they get back, and when we get them back and they help us to make it all the way to the playoffs.''
Fans may need to consult their programs when the defending AL East champions take the field against the revamped Boston Red Sox for the 111th opening day in franchise history Monday. Jeter (ankle) will not be at shortstop in an opener for the first time since 2001. Teixeira (wrist) and Curtis Granderson (forearm) are out at least until May and Rodriguez (hip) won't be back until the All-Star break if at all this season.
Throw in the departures of Russe...