NEW YORK — Robinson Cano gave the New York Yankees yet another injury scare.
The sweet-swinging second baseman hobbled off the field soon after being hit on the right leg by a pitch from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
X-rays were negative, and Cano said it was a bruised quadriceps.
“It’s a little tight, I came out of the game because I didn’t want to aggravate it,” he said.
“Nothing bad. They told me it’s a bruise, and ice the next few days.”
When asked if he’ll play Friday in the opener of a series at Boston, Cano said, “Yeah, hopefully, yeah.”
Harvey told Fox after he finished two innings: “I tried to go in. That sometimes happens. My apologies definitely go out to him.”
VETERAN VOICE: Torii Hunter was an All-Star rookie in 2002 when he robbed Barry Bonds of a home run and got a big bear hug from the slugger on the field. Now he’s a veteran voice in a clubhouse with a record number of newcomers.
The always loquacious, ever-smiling 37-year-old Detroit Tigers outfielder was enjoying his role as a five-time All-Star selection.
With possible suspensions from the Biogenesis investigation looming over the game, Hunter defended Alex Rodriguez and other players who have been implicated in drug scandals over the years.
“I know how hard this game really is. I don’t care what they did or who did or whatever, Barry Bonds all those guys,” Hunter said Tuesday before the game at Citi Field. “Still impressive to hit. Still got to hit the ball.”
On the lighter side, Hunter has his favorite All-Stars. Wacky All-Stars, that is.
“David Oritz, for sure, craziest forever. He sits here and holds court and tells all the jokes,” Hunter said.
“He is one of the funniest guys in All-Star game history.”
There’s also: “Ichiro (Suzuki). Manny (Ramirez). Ah, Manny. Forgot about Manny. Ooh, boy he was crazy. Can’t tell you the stories. Pedro (Martinez) was funny. He put bubble gum in everybody’s hats.”
“You got to have fun in this clubhouse,” he added. “This is how we relax.”
The one player he is certain isn’t crazy: Yankees injured shortstop Derek Jeter.
“Jeter’s smooth. He’s like a cold drink of water. Too cool for school,” Hunter said.
HAIRY PERFORMANCE: For All-Stars, it appears that it’s hairier, the better.
According to a study done by STATS and the grooming products maker Wahl, All-Stars with facial hair perform on a higher level than their clean-shaven teammates in the Midsummer Classic.
Players sporting beards had won the past six All-Star game MVP awards entering Tuesday’s game. Melky Cabrera, who soon after winning the MVP last year tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, homered in the game at Kansas City.
There’s also this: Scruff-sporting sluggers over the past 10 games had hit .287. Smooth-skinned stars came in at .226.