Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano Won't Be Derailed

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano Won't Be Derailed

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KANSAS CITY - Moments after Robinson Cano had collected his 1,500th career hit Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, the baseball was taken out of play as a personal memento.

But when the postgame presentation was made in the Yankees' clubhouse, Cano was drawn to the inscription - congratulating him for his "1,500 hopper to the infield."

"That was funny," Cano said of head athletic trainer Steve Donohue's clever caption on a dummy baseball. "Then he gave me the real one."

After a nearly two-hour rain delay in Denver, Cano followed that milestone bleeder with his ninth homer of the year. That provided a bit more breathing room in a 3-1 victory against the Rockies, one that came with a mild scare for the central figure in the Yanks' injury-depleted lineup.

During Thursday's third inning, Cano slipped on the wet track while covering first base on a bunt and jammed his already sore right big toe into the base.

Cano winced, put his hands on his knees, and stayed in that position for an uncomfortable few seconds. But the All-Star second baseman shook off the pain and didn't seem much concerned about it prior to Friday's series opener against the Royals.

"I'm good," said Cano, whose foot issue began last weekend against Oakland when he fouled a ball off his right big toe.

Cano revealed he went for X-rays - which were negative -- last week in New York, right after that game against the Athletics. He has played in all 33 of the Yankees' games this year and was in the lineup again Friday night.

Speed is not Cano's game, so his toe condition merely is a slight annoyance and not a constant one.

"Every time I try to stop, I feel it a little bit," Cano said. "But it's nothing bad."

Cano was more concerned that his swing mechanics were a bit fouled up recently during a 5-for-28 stretch. Prior to Thursday's game - and again during the lengthy rain delay - Cano sought hitting coach Kevin Long's counsel. …

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