Yankees place Aaron Hicks on 10-day DL, recall OF Billy McKinney

It was just announced via the Yankees’ PR department that switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks will make his way to the 10-day disabled list due to a right intercostal muscle strain. In his 2018 debut on Thursday in Toronto, Hicks went two-for-four with two singles. Following this move, the Yankees recalled outfielder Billy McKinney from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as his replacement with fellow outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier both still on the disabled list.  

Hicks was placed on the disabled list once in June, and again in September during the 2017 campaign oblique injuries, as it seems to be a lingering issue for the 28-year-old. However outside of these injuries, Hicks had a resurgent 2017 season in which he slashed .266/.372/.475 after struggling to live up to his first-round-pick hype while playing in Minnesota for the first portion of his career. Aaron Boone had named him the starting center fielder over Jacoby Ellsbury coming out of spring training due to his defensive ability and offensive threat from both sides of the plate.  

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Left-handed hitting Billy McKinney will subsequently make his Major League Debut on Friday, March 30th, according to Yankees’ writer Bryan Hoch. He was acquired back in 2016 along with Adam Warren, Gleyber Torres, and Rashad Crawford for closer Aroldis Chapman. McKinney was in contention for the Yankees’ final roster spots after tying the team lead for home runs (5) and RBI (13) during spring training. He knocked 18 homers and hit .277 in his time with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton last season, so he will have an opportunity to carry over his success to the big-league club over the next few weeks.  

With Aaron Hicks’ impromptu hiatus from the team due to injury, the Yankees’ now carry four outfielders on the active roster in Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and now Billy McKinney. This gives Manager Aaron Boone flexibility with his outfielders, as Gardner is capable of playing center, leaving the corner position roles easily adjustable. Boone experimented with playing Stanton in Left Field and Judge in right to create room at the DH position, however with such a deep roster, it seems as if McKinney will see time against right-handed pitching and spot start as needed for the foreseeable future.  

Article by: Gianmarco Castronovo 


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