Even though most people make way too big a deal about the drop off players experience after participating in the home run derby, it’s more likely statistical regression than anything else, the Yankee coaches did not want Robinson Cano participating in this year’s home run derby and it looks like they are getting their way.
According to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, Robinson Cano has pulled out of the Home Run Derby this year due to a minor back injury that he’s supposedly been dealing with even though nobody has mentioned it.
Supposedly Cano has had this injury for the last couple of days and has been recieving treatment for it. Apparently the team’s trainer Gene Monahan was against Cano being in the derby after he heard Cano was involved.
If there really is a back injury then he should be sitting out. However I find it hard to believe that this thing is for real and it makes me think that they’re making way too big a deal out of the derby. No word on if he’s going to play in the All-Star Game so I’m assuming he is. Funny how he’s healthy enough for that.
For what it’s worth Cano has been struggling recently. Over his last eight games Cano is 4-for-31 (.129) with a .432 OPS.