Yankees’ Cano hit by pitch, hopes to play again Friday
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left the game against Toronto in the first inning after being struck in the left hand with a pitch.
Cano suffered a bruise on his left hand after being struck by a pitch from left-hander J.A. Happ. Cano stayed in the game to run the bases but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the bottom half.
Precautionary X-rays were negative, and the Yankees said Cano is day to day. Asked when he expected to return, Cano targeted Friday’s home game against Baltimore.
“It’s swollen right now, and the last thing you want to do is aggravate it,” he said.
• The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets, hoping the veterans can help the franchise to its first playoff berth in 21 years.
The Pirates sent the Mets minor-league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named in exchange for Byrd, Buck and cash considerations. Pittsburgh had claimed Byrd off waivers and were able to work out the four-player deal with New York.
• Injured Mets third baseman David Wright is set to begin his rehabilitation this week while ace Matt Harvey tweets he will be back from an elbow tear by next April.
The team says Wright will head to Florida on Thursday to keep up the recovery on his right hamstring. The Mets put Harvey on the 15-day DL with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The team says no decision has been made on whether the All-Star starter will have Tommy John surgery. But Harvey seemed to indicate he won’t need it. “Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1,” Harvey posted on Twitter.