This time it’s Aaron Hicks. An MRI taken Sunday revealed Hicks has a right flexor strain. The 29-year-old centerfielder will be shut down from throwing for the next 7-10 days. There is no exact timetable for his return.
Flexor strains can be a precursor to Tommy John surgery — pitchers James Kaprielian and Jordan Montgomery are recent Yankee examples of this progression — but Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes that won’t be required in Hicks’ case.
“We were fearing the worst,” Boone said. “The fact the ligament’s intact is a good thing.”
Hicks, who missed the first 40 games of the 2019 season due to a lower back strain, suffered the flexor injury in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader while making a throw to third base.
The Yankees will play Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman in center with Hicks out. Cameron Maybin is also capable of handling the position. The team did not give any consideration to calling up Clint Frazier from the minors — or adding another position player to the roster — with Hicks out.
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“We’ll probably stay this way,” Boone said. “Right now we feel like we’re covered in how we should be.”
The Yankees also lost designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion on Saturday due to a right wrist fracture. With Luke Voit (sports hernia) also out, DJ LeMahieu and Mike Ford will play first. Gio Urshela is also capable of handling the position.
Hicks, 29, suffered the injury to his throwing elbow in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox, when he delivered a strong throw toward third base in the sixth inning of New York’s 6-4 win. With Sam Travis at second base appearing to attempt a tag-up, Hicks caught a fly ball and zipped a rocket back to the infield, holding Travis at second.
“I was trying to make a good, strong throw and just kind of felt a little painful feeling,” Hicks said.
After the throw, Hicks remained in the game until he was finally pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth.