Robinson Cano has kept the second base position the one injury-free zone for the Yankees this season but perhaps it was just a matter of time before that changed. With Cano already out of the game with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch in the first inning replacement Eduardo Nunez fell to the Rogers Centre turf in the eighth inning with a lower-leg injury.

After being observed by trainers for a few minutes Nunez stayed in the game and led off the ninth with a single but he was eventually removed for pinch-runner Lyle Overbay.

Nunez said he caught his right spike on a seam in the artificial surface and immediately feared the worst.

“I’ve never tweaked my knee before so that was something new” Nunez said. “I knew it hurt and I thought I broke my knee. It was a lot of pain.”

Though Nunez’s right knee was still sore Nunez said tests revealed no ligament or bone damage so he hoped to play today.

Without Cano who is day-to-day with a hand injury after X-rays were negative Nunez is the only other natural second base option on the Yankee roster though he has played one game at second over the last two seasons.

The Yankees had to resort to using corner infielder Mark Reynolds at second in the bottom of the ninth and Reynolds would be the emergency option should Nunez not be able to play tonight. It was Reynolds’ third career game at second and his first appearance at the position since his 2007 rookie season.