ESPN.com is reporting that Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has pulled himself out of the upcoming HR Derby set to take place next week. Cano is hitting .337 with 16 home runs and a .339 on-base percentage so far this season, and his coaches would rather him not participate to risk messing with his swing.
"I would rather him probably not to do it," Long said. "But I can understand him doing it and the excitement of it. It's a pretty neat honor. It is just taxing on you. It can wear you down. But he is a strong kid and he is durable and he should be OK."
Cano is one of several players who have decided not to participate in the HR Derby, further calling the contest into question. They should still have a solid group of players doing it this year.