Cano late; Cashman: It's no big deal

Robinson Cano celebrates in the dugout after his Robinson Cano celebrates in the dugout after his 3rd inning homer as the Yankees host the Rangers. (Oct. 20, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams

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TAMPA, Fla. - Robinson Cano was a no-show on report day, which Brian Cashman said was "no big deal."

According to the general manager, Cano called the Yankees Saturday and said he had "mixed up" the dates he was supposed to report for his physical and for the first workout. Cashman said the second baseman was supposed to land at 7:30 Saturday night and would take his physical Sunday morning.

"I learned this from the Rickey Henderson days . . . You don't overreact to stuff like this," Cashman said. "Ultimately, he missed today's physical. He'll get it all accomplished tomorrow morning before the workout. On the realistic side, he's not really going to miss anything."

Asked if he was bothered by Cano's absence, Cashman said "no" and left it at that.

As for righthander Hector Noesi, who missed the first week because of visa issues, Cashman said there was a "chance" he could make it to camp Sunday.

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A slender A-Rod

A noticeably slimmer Alex Rodriguez had his physical in the morning, then went through one-on-one ground- ball drills on a side field with first-base coach Mick Kelleher.

"He's lighter, that's all I'll say," Cashman said, a play on his repetitive "he's heavier" answer to all questions relating to Joba Chamberlain last week.

Joe Girardi said it was Rodriguez's idea to lose the weight. Girardi thinks A-Rod, whose average has declined each of the last three years, including .270 last season, is poised for "a big year."

"Do I think he's a .270 hitter? No, I don't," he said of A-Rod, who has had at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 13 straight years.

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First options

Girardi said the Yankees will look at Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard as candidates to play first base when Mark Teixeira needs a day off (as of now, Nick Swisher is the backup first baseman). He also didn't discount Jorge Posada, who has played in 28 games at first in his career, as a possibility. Said Girardi, "It's something else you could take a look at."

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