A strained quad suffered in Philadelphia continues to bother Cano.

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TORONTO — As he walked through the foul territory of the Rogers Centre while the Blue Jays took batting practice, there was slight, but noticeable limp from Robinson Cano as he returned from the batting cages.

The tightness and pain in his right quad was a little better than on Thursday, but it wasn’t feeling well enough for him to be back in the lineup for Friday’s game against Toronto.

“He’s not going to be able to go today,” manager Scott Servais said. “He kind of feels the same as yesterday. It’s still bothering him. So we’ll give him another day. Hopefully we can get him in there Saturday or Sunday, but I’m not sure right now. It really is day to day.”

Cano hates to miss games, particularly when he’s swinging the bat well. Over his last games, he’s hitting .386 with a 1.235 on-base plus slugging percentage, three doubles, five homers and 13 RBI.

“I feel better than I did yesterday, but it still hurts,” he said. “I can still feel it when I swing.”

Asked if he would be available to pinch hit, Cano replied, “I don’t think so.”

But he did take batting practice in the final hitting group before the game, which might offer some hope that he could indeed make an appearance if needed. They were very easy and controlled swings.

Cano suffered the quad strain in Wednesday’s game against the Phillies. After homering in his second at-bat and doubling in his third at-bat, he felt some tightness as he ran to second. He was removed from the game, but came back and played the following day. He went 4-for-5 with a walk and a two-run homer in the game. But it was in his last at-bat, when he was trying for a fifth hit on a soft ground ball to the right side that made the quad worse.

“I could feel it on that last one,” Cano said after that game in Philadelphia.

It was an unnecessary risk for Cano.

“We’re all human and it’s the ballplayer in us,” Servais said. “I think that’s what got him because he was managing it up until that point.”

It’s something that Nelson Cruz has managed to avoid while playing with some hamstring discomfort. Cruz did push the hamstring in Thursday’s loss to the Blue Jays legging out a double.

“I’m feeling better,” Cruz said. “Every game it gets a little stronger.”


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