The Yankees might play Wednesday's game without Robinson Cano, but his status could have been far worse.
The All-Star second baseman took a pitch off his left hand in the first inning of Tuesday's 7-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays, ultimately exiting to be taken for further examination at a local hospital, where New York learned his X-rays were negative.
With a mere hand bruise, Cano is day to day, but the Yankees may also be without Eduardo Nunez on Wednesday, as the infielder left Tuesday's game in the ninth inning with a right knee injury after replacing Cano at second base.
If both Cano and Nunez are unable to play on Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi could be forced to get creative.
"I don't know what we have tomorrow," Girardi said after Tuesday's win, "but the fact that there is no break [in Cano's hand] is a good sign."
The potential absence of Cano, however brief, could be a blow for an offense that clicked on all cylinders on Tuesday. New York clubbed four home runs against the Blue Jays, scoring seven runs in a lopsided win and remaining 4 1/2 games back of the final American League Wild Card spot.
The Blue Jays fizzled offensively on Tuesday, recording 10 hits but scoring just one run. Seven of the hits were singles, and Toronto left five runners on base.
The Blue Jays could have trouble breaking out on Wednesday night against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. The veteran right-hander has limited Toronto to just four runs on 11 hits over three starts against them this season, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
"He's very good -- he's definitely one of the better ones in the league, and he's had our number," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Kuroda threw eight scoreless innings against his team on May 17. "We haven't been able to do anything with him."
Yankees: Kuroda looks to bounce back
• Entering Friday's game against the Rays, Kuroda hadn't given up a home run in 56 innings. After six innings at Tropicana Field, the righty had served up four.
The Rays tagged Kuroda for a season-high seven runs that night, ending his streak of 15 straight starts of allowing four earned runs or fewer. The right-hander's ERA increased from 2.41 to 2.71 with the outing.
Blue Jays: Redmond eager to get back on track
• Todd Redmond hasn't given the Blue Jays much length over his eight starts with them this year, but he usually keeps Toronto in the game.
Though he averages fewer than five innings per start, Redmond gave up three runs or fewer in each of his first seven outings. The right-hander unraveled on Friday, though, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Astros.
Redmond will look to rebound from his rough outing against a Yankees team he has never faced.
• Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit career home runs Nos. 399 and 400 on Tuesday, and third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit No. 651.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.