Yankees injury news: Yankees place Aaron Hicks on DL with oblique strain, recall Caleb Smith
Aaron Hicks will not be in the lineup Sunday night vs the Red Sox. The Yankees have placed the 27-year-old outfielder on the 10-day DL with a strain in his left oblique. Caleb Smith has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Hicks was removed from centerfield at the end of the sixth inning in Saturday’s game after he felt pain making a catch near the wall. He was replaced with Jacoby Ellsbury, who later tripled and scored.
The timing couldn’t be much worse for the Yankees. Leading the AL Wild Card top spot with 27 games left, Hicks has played a major role in this Yankees offense. Although he has scuffled of late, he’s hit .265 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s in 82 games for the Yankees this season. He’s also posted a very respectable 3.3 WAR (wins above replacement).
Expect to see Jacoby Ellsbury to be in the everyday lineup until the return of Clint Frazier, who is on the DL with a similar injury as Hicks, his being on the right side.
Frazier was placed on the 10 DL in early August with, what Joe Girardi called, a much less significant strain than Aaron Hicks. Frazier still hasn’t returned, and because this has been a reoccurring injury for Hicks, don’t expect to see him anytime soon. Unfortunately, we could have seen the last of Aaron Hicks this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Tyler Austin will have their chances to play every day in place of Hicks. Ahead of tonight’s game, don’t be surprised to see Tyler Austin somewhere in the lineup. A right-handed bat with success against Chris Sale is an edge any team should take a chance on.
Article by: Noah ClementFollow @Rocky_BalNoah