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Initial X-rays of Cano's hand negative, but he might need another test

Robinson Cano #24 of the Mets reacts after

Robinson Cano #24 of the Mets reacts after getting hit on the hand by a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on April 21, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Credit: Getty Images/Dilip Vishwanat

ST. LOUIS — Add another injury scare to the Mets’ list.

X-rays of Robinson Cano’s right hand were negative Sunday afternoon.

But Cano, wearing a cast after the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Cardinals, said he might need more tests Monday.

“Depends on how I feel when I get up,” he said.

Twice last year, first with Jason Vargas and then Kevin Plawecki, the Mets had hand X-rays that came back negative before another image revealed a fracture.

Cano left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the right hand by Andrew Miller’s fastball.

It initially was ruled a hit-by-pitch, but third-base ump Paul Emmel, the crew chief, ruled that Cano swung.

Furious with the call — and the late notice of it, after Cano left the game and Juan Lagares entered — manager Mickey Callaway was ejected for the second time on this road trip (and season).

Callaway also was angry Saturday when Pete Alonso was hit by a pitch and it was ruled a swing.

“It’s not an interpretation of the rule,” Emmel told a pool reporter. “It’s a black-and-white rule. You swing and get hit with the pitch, it’s a dead-ball strike.”

Said Callaway, “They said, ‘Oh, by the way, he swung.’ Not good.”

When Lagares finished the at-bat with a whiff, the strikeout was added to Cano’s line. In the ninth, Lagares, as the potential tying run, struck out looking at a 104.2-mph sinker from Jordan Hicks to end the game.


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