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Robinson Cano pulls out of the Home Run Derby with a "back injury"

Jul 7, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

Anyone buyin' this? I'm not.

Yesterday afternoonRobbie Cano agreed to participate in the Home Run Derby at next week’s All-Star Game.

Yesterday evening: several thousand Yankees fans and no small number of Yankees writers freak out, wondering why a guy who sprays the ball all over the yard would want to participate in a home run hitting contest and wondering if said participation would give him delusions of grandeur, screw up his swing, make him a Communist and things like that.

Twenty minutes ago: Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweets that Cano has pulled out of the Derby due to a “minor back injury.”

Anyone willing to bet their mortgage that this back injury wasn’t inflicted by Yankees’ front office types who really, really didn’t want to see Cano in the Home Run Derby?  We’ll know when Cano (a) plays effectively in games both before and after the All-Star break; and (b) is vague to the point of ridiculousness when asked about that back injury.

In fact: I’ll buy a six pack for the first beat writer who gets Cano to respond “back injury, what back inj– oh, yeah, it’s coming along fine” to a question.

  1. aleskel - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    well, Cano’s been in a bad slump for the last week (.111/.200/.222 since June 30) so maybe the back problem is the real deal. That, or the team is worried that the HR Derby will further throw him off and prolong the slump.

  2. Infinite Wisdom - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Good.. I was one Yankee fan who freaked out.. Who cares about the Home Run Derby? What if he pulls an oblique or something and is out for a month? Concentrate on staying healthy and winning games, not risking injury showing off that you can hit batting practice pitches. Hit home runs off closers in the bottom of the ninth, not off Dave Eiland.

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    And there you have it, another impulse purchase at the refund desk.

  4. charly - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    welcome to the real world robbie. you’re way to valuable a player to be wasted for a transitory “15 minutes”.
    and too all yankees – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – STAY HEALTHY. that will give the red sox fans an excuse for their missing the playoffs.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    The Bobby Abreu Jinx is alive and well. Fear it. Ignore at your own peril!

  6. Md23Rewls - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Why don’t they just go to the home run leaderboard and take the top five players from each league (or however many from each league)? All of these choices seem so arbitrary and weird.

  7. Professor Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    I think the Red Sox excuse is pretty clear, given that they are essentially fielding the Paw Sox as a major league team right now. I mean, I know hate is blind, but even cud-chewing Yankee lovers have to admit it’s pretty absurd over in Boston.

  8. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Craig, why should we actually care? It’s an exhibition. There is no historical significance whatsoever to this addendum of the All-Star Game festivities. Should we be concerned if Bob Feller misses the Old Timers game this year by reasoning of “old man cough”?

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