Robinson Cano to report late

Updated: February 19, 2011, 3:59 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Robinson Cano was a no-show in New York Yankees camp on the day the regulars were due to report, but GM Brian Cashman said the All-Star second baseman "got his dates mixed up'' and would not be disciplined for being late.

"Robby thought [Sunday] was the report date and Monday was the physical,'' Cashman said. "No biggie. In the end it's not costing us anything. I learned from the Rickey Henderson days that you can't overreact to stuff like this. You want everybody here on time, and that's important, but on the realistic side, he's not going to miss anything.''

Cashman said he was told Cano's flight to Tampa would land at 7:30 Saturday evening and he would take his physical Sunday morning. The rest of the Yankee regulars -- minus Derek Jeter, who took a physical when he signed his new contract in December -- took their physicals Saturday morning and will be on the field for the first full-squad workout on Sunday.

Cano, 28, led the Yankees with a .319 batting average in 2010. He also hit 29 home runs and drove in 109 runs in his first year as the No. 5 hitter. Earlier, manager Joe Girardi acknowledged the possibility that Cano could hit as high as third in the 2011 lineup, a spot occupied for the past two years by Mark Teixeira.

"We'll continue to talk about our lineup and how guys fit in. Right now we don't expect a ton of changes,'' Girardi said. "We're going to discuss everything and try to put out the best lineup that we feel every day."

Asked if he foresaw Cano as a No. 3 or even a cleanup hitter, a spot he took over for 26 games last year when Alex Rodriguez was injured, hitting .324 with seven homers and 28 RBIs, Girardi said, "I think you could probably hit him anywhere you want."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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