Disappointed Cano agrees -- no Derby

Updated: July 8, 2010, 2:24 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Robbie Cano, now he knows.

After being in the dark about the New York Yankees' decision to pull him out of Monday's Home Run Derby, an "upset" and "disappointed" Cano had a meeting and conference call with manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman, who clarified why they decided to pull the second baseman from Monday's event.

Cano, who was not in the lineup on Wednesday night for the first time all season, has a minor back condition, which the Yankees don't want to become worse by participating in the Derby.

Even after news broke online earlier in the afternoon, Cano was unaware he was out of the Derby.

On Tuesday, Girardi said the decision to hit in the Derby would be solely Cano's, but the Yankees ultimately decided for him. After hearing the clarification, Cano admitted he was disappointed in the lack of communication, but said he agreed with the final verdict.

"They don't want to take the risk to lose me for the second half or two weeks, three weeks or a month," Cano said during his second gathering with the press on the topic. "I agree with them."

Cano, though, did not like how the situation was handled, because when he was first surrounded by reporters he didn't know he was scratched from the Derby.

"To be honest, I was upset," Cano said. "You guys are talking to me and I don't know what is going on."

Cano said Girardi told him Tuesday night that he would not start Wednesday. He is expected to be back in the lineup Thursday in Seattle.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, a baseball official with knowledge of the situation told ESPNNewYork.com that Cano was pulling out of the Derby. When Cano first met with the media, he said he had not made any decision about the Derby and was unaware that he would not be participating.

"I haven't made any decision," Cano said at the time.

Cano had accepted the invitation Tuesday, but left open the possibility he might not participate. Both Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long opposed the idea of participating.

Cano added he has a little back pain, but did not think it was anything major.

Although Girardi said Tuesday it would be Cano's decision, Cano said he hadn't heard from anyone from the Yankees.

Minutes later, Girardi confirmed Cano is out of the Derby.

"It is my understanding he is not going to participate," Girardi said.

Girardi would not get too detailed about the miscommunication with Cano.

"That is something we'll have to talk about internally, not hash out over the airwaves," Girardi said.

The New York Daily News initially reported Wednesday that Cano made the decision based on a back problem.

Cano would have been the third Yankee to participate in the Derby. Jason Giambi and Tino Martinez were the previous participants.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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