The calls came fast and furious to the cellphone of Brian Cashman, who was not watching the game.
But he quickly got caught up to speed when Robinson Cano, his All-Star second baseman, left Tuesday's contest at Citi Field after taking a 96-mph Matt Harvey fastball to his right quad.
"My brother from Kentucky called," the Yankees general manager said by phone Wednesday. "Then I got a call from Randy , then from the commissioner's office."
But all indications since then have been that Cano, and by extension the Yankees, dodged a bullet. An X-ray taken at Citi Field was negative and Cano, officially diagnosed with a bruised quad, felt well enough to travel home to the Dominican Republic Wednesday morning. . . .
"Thankfully he seems to be OK," Cashman said, adding his thought is Cano will be back in the lineup Friday night when the Yankees open the season's second half in Boston.
Cano said as much after being removed from the game in the first inning, describing his quad as "tight" but also "nothing bad."
Had it been a regular-season game, Cano hinted he could have stayed in.
"I know this is a game, you do it for the fans, but at the same time, you have to be smart," Cano said. "You don't want to make that worse."
He added: "I was on the base, and trying to move and felt a little tight. I said, 'I'm not going to take my chances, probably make that worse.'"
Although the expectation is that Cano will be at second base Friday at Fenway Park, who will be at short is less clear.
Cashman said Derek Jeter, who left last Thursday's game with a Grade 1 strain in his right quad, has been at the Stadium "every day" this week for treatment. It is still a possibility Jeter could be put on the disabled list, though Cashman said that decision hasn't been made yet. A decision could come Thursday or Friday.
Should the Yankees choose to DL Jeter, they can backdate his stint to July 12, making him eligible to return July 27, a Saturday home game against the Rays.
"We'll see," Cashman said.
Notes & quotes: Curtis Granderson (broken left pinkie) again was relegated to shagging balls during BP and doing light work in the cage at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa. Cashman has said the Yankees are hopeful the outfielder can return in early August . . . Jayson Nix, placed on the DL July 3 with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, ran in the field and took grounders in Tampa . . . Though their primary goal before the trade deadline remains acquiring a bat, don't count out the Yankees if the Cubs deal Matt Garza, a longtime target of Cashman's.