Robinson Cano leaves All-Star Game in first inning after getting hit in quad by Matt Harvey fastball

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey says he's sorry for hitting the Yankees Robinson Cano in the first inning of Tuesday nights All-Star Game at Citi Field. Videojournalists: Mario Gonzalez and Robert Cassidy (July 16, 2013)

The Yankees aren't exempt from this stuff -- even during the All-Star Game.

Robinson Cano left Tuesday night's game in the first inning shortly after being drilled on his right quad by a 96-mph fastball thrown by Matt Harvey.

X-rays taken at Citi Field were negative and Cano said he's hopeful he can play Friday when the injury-plagued Yankees start the season's second half in Boston.

"Nothing bad," Cano said.

Still, the second baseman limped as he entered and exited the interview room, his quad and right knee in a wrap.

"They said just put ice on it for the next few days, but you know, I'm looking fine and [there's] just a little bit, I would say, not pain, just tight a little bit," said Cano, adding the official diagnosis was a bruised quad.

After Mike Trout doubled on the game's first pitch, Cano, who played in all 95 games for the Yankees in the first half, took a ball from the Mets righthander before getting hit. He was tended to, went to first, but came out after the batter who followed him, Jose Bautista, struck out.

"I know this is a game, you do it for the fans, but at the same time, you have to be smart," said Cano, indicating that he might have stayed in had it been a regular-season game. "You don't want to make that worse."

Cano has been among the most durable Yankees in recent years, having played at least 159 games each season since 2007.

The Yankees, needless to say, could be heard collectively as an organization holding its breath as Cano is on the short list -- very short -- of players they can least afford to lose.

At the break, the 30-year-old Cano leads the club in average (.302), OBP (.386), slugging (.531), homers (21), RBIs (65), hits (107), runs (53) and walks (48).

And despite his production, the Yankees (51-44), whom most will say have overachieved to this point, ranked 11th in the AL in runs (373) and 13th in homers (88), OBP (.307) and slugging (.376).

"I was on the base, and trying to move and felt a little tight," Cano said of initially going to first. "I said, 'I'm not going to take my chances, probably make that worse.' "

As he came off the field, Cano said Harvey, the Mets phenom, spoke to him.

"He said, 'My bad.' I said, 'No problem,' " Cano said. "I know he doesn't want to hit anybody, but it's just part of the game. What can you do?"

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