With one more month of regular season baseball left, the New York Yankees are in good shape for the postseason and locking up home-field advantage.
Just seven games out from the 100 win mark, the Yankees have good momentum, but they could be without their starting center fielder for the remainder of the month…or more.
After being pulled from a game on August 3, Aaron hicks, starting outfielder for the Yankees, strained his flexor near his right elbow. On a throw to third base, Hicks immediately felt the pain and was pulled out of the game. He began a throwing program in The Bronx during the Yankees’ reason homestand and was scheduled to start hitting again when the injury took a turn for the worst.
“He’s slowed down,’’ Boone said before the Yankees second game of the series against the Red Sox. “He’s not feeling quite right.”
While Hicks managed to escape any ligament damage via an MRI exam, the injury has slowed him down a bit and caused minimal problems for his return. He eventually will join the Yankees, but it might have to wait until the postseason rolls around. He will undoubtedly be a part of the starting team but will need to be 100% healthy.
Being cautious with an elbow injury should be the priority for Hicks and the training staff, as re-injuring the flexor would be devastating for a team in need of healthy players for a helpful postseason run.
The Yankees have been plagued by injuries all season and Hicks has spent time on the injured list on numerous occasions. Boone was not hopeful that his injury alleviates quickly, even going as far as to say that Hicks could miss the remainder of the season.
Boone said in regards to Hicks having a potentially season-ending injury, according to the NY Post: “It could be. We’ll see how the next several days unfold. But as of right now, he hasn’t been able to advance.”