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.

Nevertheless, 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, Cano has pulled out of the Home Run Derby this year due to a minor, albeit unmentioned, back injury with which he’s supposedly been dealing.

Supposedly, Cano has had this injury for the last couple of days and has been receiving treatment for it. Apparently the team’s trainer Gene Monahan was against Cano being in the Derby after hearing he was involved.

If there really is a back injury, then he should be sitting out. However, I find it hard to believe that this is legit, and it makes me think that they’re making way too big a deal out of the Derby. There’s no word on whether he’s going to play in the All-Star Game, so I’m assuming he is. Funny that 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.


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