It’s the last thing anyone wants in an All-Star Game.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was lifted in the top of the first inning tonight at Citi Field after taking a Matt Harvey fastball — clocked at 96 mph — off the inside of his right knee. It sounded bad and looked bad, but Cano limped to first base and remained in the game for a Miguel Cabrera strikeout before finally deciding into head to the dugout. Dustin Pedroia came in to replace him.
Cano was taken immediately into the AL clubhouse. Trainers should provide an update on his injury soon.
Harvey had faced 502 batters this year (including tonight’s leadoff man Mike Trout) and hit just one.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was told that Cano got plunked more in the quadriceps than the knee and that he should ultimately be fine. The Yankees start play again on Friday night in Boston. That should leave Cano with ample time to heal whatever bruising he might have sustained.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m. ET: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times adds that X-rays turned up negative.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m. ET: The official diagnosis, per Rosenthal, is a right quadriceps contusion.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.