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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Yankees injury news: Aaron Hicks to begin rehab assignment in Triple-A Scranton tonight

Out since late June with an oblique injury, Aaron Hicks will report to Triple-A Scranton to start his rehab assignment. The Yankees believe Hicks will need at least one week to get back into the swing of things, because he will need at-bats from the left and right side of the plate. The Yankees believe he can possibly rejoin the team after their next road trip.
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Aaron Hicks’ return will make for an interesting decision involving the Yankees’ outfield as they will have five players capable of playing every day for three positions. Nevertheless, Hicks was having a career year before his injury and no matter the roster decision will be an upgrade for the team defensively and offensively. 

At the plate, Hicks was hitting .290/.398/.515, all career highs, with 10 homers, 37 RBIs, 15 doubles and seven steals. He also had a 144 wRC+ and 2.7 fWAR. 

We will keep you updated on the status of Hicks.

Article by: Ryan Thoms
 

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