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03/14/10 3:10 PM EST

Bucs' Cedeno exits early, but hand is OK

Shortstop feels 'lucky' after examination reveals mere cut

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno suffered a laceration to his right hand in Sunday's game against the Yankees. The injury forced Cedeno out of the game early, though he will hardly miss any more time than that.

The injury occurred in the bottom of the third after Cedeno walked and took off toward second. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano jumped to take a high throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli and landed on Cedeno's hand when he came down. Cano's spikes caught Cedeno on the front part of the hand, between the thumb and index finger.

Cedeno exited the game immediately to have his hand further examined. The injury did not warrant stitches, though, and he was told by the medical staff that he should be fine to take the field on Wednesday. The Pirates have an off-day on Tuesday, so that means Cedeno will miss just one game, which he likely wouldn't have started anyway.

He was certainly breathing a sigh of relief afterward that the injury was no more serious than a cut.

"I was lucky," he said. "I was really lucky. I almost broke my hand."

Cedeno, who is in line to be the club's starting shortstop, has hit .235 this spring with one homer and two RBIs. Bobby Crosby took Cedeno's place at second base in the third and then remained in the game to play short.

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