© 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

06/25/09 7:22 PM ET

Cano earns well-deserved day off

Second baseman resting sore left wrist, recharging body

ATLANTA -- Robinson Cano was given something of a dual day off on Thursday, resting a sore left wrist while also recharging his body following a draining weekend in South Florida.

Cano said that his wrist was fine, saying that his rest had more to do with heavy legs that he noticed in the Yankees' 8-4 victory over the Braves on Wednesday. He also had an idea where it came from, saying that temperatures on the field in Miami reached 105 degrees on Sunday.

"After we played in Miami, it was so hot," Cano said. "Yesterday, my legs felt so heavy. They said that today they wanted to give me a day off because they don't want me to take a day off against the Mets."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Cano to be in the lineup on Friday at Citi Field, but the skipper acknowledged that Cano's wrist -- which he has been icing after games -- has been a small concern as well.

"It's bothered him a little bit over the last few weeks," Girardi said. "We thought we got through it, but it's a little sore today. We felt we'd just give him a day and let it calm down a little bit."

Replaced at second base by Cody Ransom, Cano is also slightly under the weather. Both Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui have been suffering from a bout with the flu.

Girardi said that he talked about starting Matsui on Thursday against Derek Lowe, whom he has hit well (12-for-22, one homer and 12 RBIs), but the Yankees were concerned that Matsui's surgically repaired knees would not hold up to nine innings of defensive duty in a National League park.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.