Robinson Cano hopes to play Tuesday

Updated: May 3, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

DETROIT -- Robinson Cano was out of the New York Yankees lineup Monday against the Tigers with a bone bruise on the palm of his left hand still too sore to allow him to start.

"It's right where I grip the knob of the bat,'' Cano said before the Yankees beat the Tigers 5-3. "It's really painful. I hope I'll be able to play tomorrow.''

Cano suffered the injury in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium after catching a pick-off throw from Ivan Nova in the wrong part of his glove.

"He threw me like a freaky 98-mile sinker,'' Cano said. "It was bad.''

Cano, who leads the Yankee regulars with a .320 batting average and 21 RBIs and is tied with Curtis Granderson for the team lead in home runs with eight, said he did not think he would be available to pinch hit Monday, either. He did not get into the game.

"I don't think so, and I don't [think] they want me to do anything, either,'' he said. "I don't want to make it worse.''

But manager Joe Girardi was holding out hope that perhaps the best hitter in his batting order would be able give him one at-bat if needed Monday night.

"I know that's what he said,'' Girardi said. "But let's see how he feels after treatment. Hopefully we don't need him, but he might say tonight, 'Hey, my hand feels pretty good. I'm ready to go.'''

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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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