Saturday’s news before the game from Baltimore at the Yankees central tennis Aaron Hicks was encouraging. His left wrist, which has a ruptured tendon sheath, felt better with a two-day anti-inflammatory drug. This development may have been an indication that Hicks could avoid surgery that could end the season or not even have to continue on IL.
All that optimism vanished when Hicks tried to get a better idea of what progress he had made by swinging in a cotton ball.
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“When he tried to swing on both sides of the board, it wasn’t what he was looking for, nor what we were looking for,” said manager Aaron Boone after the Yankees’ 8-2 victory at Oriol Park.
This development has led to the obvious:
Hicks is on the list of injured on Sunday, and the Yankees will call outside player Ryan LaMar, said Jack Curry from YES.
The 32-year-old LaMarre is a natural central tennis player who is a career .236 striker with four homers in 225 battles over 119 career MLB games with Cincinnati Reds (2015), Boston Red Sox (2016), Oakland Athletics (2017) Gemini from Minnesota (2018) , 2019) and the Chicago White Sox (2018).
The Yankees chose LaMarre, who throws to the left and bats to the right, over Estevan Florial. Prospecting the center with five instruments, Florial had just been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A on Friday and debuted for Scranton / Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a triple and a 5-4 walk. over the Lehigh Valley.
Scranton / Wilkes-Barre also passed the injured speed Greg Allen, a natural center player who hit .239 with eight homers and 30 stolen in 221 major league games with Cleveland (2018-20) and San Diego (2020) Allen left the game Triple- A Friday in the middle of the bat due to discomfort in his country, and on Saturday did not play and did not participate in pre-game activities.
“You always want to support the boys who are going through (injuries) because I know you know how frustrating and difficult it is for Aaron not to be able to go out and publish and play the way he can … but you also realize, that this is an opportunity for someone else to have a role and to strengthen and add production to this line-up, “Boone said.
Fourth outfielder Brett Gardner has played center for Hicks in the last two days, but he only beats .173 after a 1-for-5 night on Saturday. Left-winger Clint Fraser copes even harder with an average of .141 after his 0-on-3 night.
As for Hicks, he may not decide whether to choose surgery until he spends his week on anti-inflammatory drugs and then possibly get a second and third opinion from non-Yankee doctors.
“We’ll see how it works now in the next few days,” Boone said. “Surgery is still on the table. but this is not yet finalized. We will see. The first step is that he will go to IL. “
If Hicks decides to have surgery, his season may or may not end.
“I don’t know,” Boone said. “It’s kind of overtaking. I’m not sure on the exact schedule if he went that route. “
The last few seasons have been difficult for Hicks since he signed a seven-year contract extension worth $ 70 million in March 2019. He started this season on the list of injured with tension in the lower back, then returned to .235 with 12 Homer in 59 games before suffering a right flexor deformity in September, which led to Tommy John’s surgery.
Hicks then went on to a disappointing 2020 season – he beat his worst career .25 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 54 games – and he started awful this year with an average of .194, four homers and 14 RBIs in 32 games.
And now he’s hurt again.
The Yankees are unsuccessful. They remember how good Hicks was in 2018 when he hit .235 with 27 career homers, 79 RBI, 90 walks and .833 OPS.
“Every time you lose one of your key players, it’s a blow,” Boone said. “Obviously, when Hicks is at his best … the switch in our lineup balances us a little. But along the way you will suffer some exhaustion. You will make some boys come down and this allows someone else to step up. “
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