NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left Wednesday night’s loss to the Kansas City Royals after getting hit by a pitch in the batting helmet.
Cano came to bat with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth inning against Royals reliever Nathan Adcock. The count was 1-1 when Adcock’s pitch hit Cano above the bill of his helmet, knocking him to the dirt in the batter’s box.
He immediately went down as the ball ricocheted toward the Royals dugout, then sat up as manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue came out to check on him. Cano started walking toward first before the Yankees decided to bring in Eduardo Nunez as a pinch runner. He remained in the game to play second base.
Cano went for a CT scan and is considered day-to-day.
“Walking down the first-base line he said he was okay and felt good,” said Girardi. “When you get hit in the head like that, you have to do a CT scan.”
Things got a bit testy in the sixth, when A.J. Burnett plunked Jeff Francoeur in the shoulder with a runner already on base. Plate umpire Ed Rapuano warned both dugouts.
“We didn’t hit Cano (on purpose). Cano’s a great player. That was an absolute accident,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But I didn’t think Burnett hitting Francoeur was an accident.”
“I hit him. That’s all I can say. I don’t think anybody wants to hit a guy with a runner on and one out and a one-run lead,” said Burnett. “The situation made it out worse than it was obviously.”
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