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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Aaron Hicks going to DL with oblique injury, expected to miss 3-4 weeks

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left today’s game against the Texas Rangers after four innings and it was announced after the game that he would be going on the DL with an injury to his oblique. Hicks told reporters after the game that he was given a timetable to return of about 3-4 weeks.

Credit: Noah K. Murray USA Today Sports 

Thankfully this injury has nothing to do with the Achilles injury Hicks suffered a few weeks back, but oblique injuries can be tricky so this is definitely still cause for concern. Even with Jacoby Ellsbury out on a rehab assignment, it is unclear if the Yankees feel he is ready to return. Joe Girardi told reporters it is possible that we could see Ellsbury tomorrow but if he isn’t ready the team may be in a tough spot. They have both Clint Frazier and Dustin Fowler performing well in Triple A but neither are on the 40 man roster. If Ellsbury isn't ready to join the team tomorrow then they may be forced to go with a short handed bench for a few days.

Losing Hicks at this point in the season definitely hurts. Hicks was putting together a bounce back season after a tough 2016 campaign. For the 2017 season he is batting .290 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI. He has been frequently placed in the number two slot in the lineup behind Brett Gardner and has been in center field every day since the injury to Ellsbury. With the Yankees’ going through their toughest stretch of the season to date, Hicks’ injury could not come at a worse time.      

Article by Matt Graziano