Update: Hicks placed on the DL and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s 7-6 loss against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning with right oblique tightness, according to USA Today’s Gary Phillips. Hicks was noticed grimicing prior to his exit, but there was no specific play that aggravated the injury.
“Hicks will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and will probably need a short stint on the disabled list,” The Fantasy Doctors’ Dr. Jesse Morse said. “If Hicks has a grade 1 strain, he could be out for a week or two.”
The former first-round pick had recently missed a few games with an achilles injury, and with the ailment reportedly bothering him once again, expect Hicks to see some time on the bench to reach 100 percent once again. After a sluggish start to his MLB career despite breaking in as a first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins organization, Hicks has had a breakout year in 2017, slashing .290 with 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in.
Although Hicks has not received much media attention with rookie phenom Aaron Judge batting behind him, do not be fooled as Hicks has been very impressive hitting second for the Yankees. But fantasy owners still value Hicks, as he is owned in 72.1 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and will be a major blow if he misses an extended period of time.
For the American League East-leading Yankees, HIcks’ injury may not be nearly as big of a blow. Although outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is currently sidelined with a concussion, he seems to be on the mend and has been playing in lower-league games as he hopes to return as soon as possible. With New York just fending off the Boston Red Sox for the time being, Ellsbury’s return can really benefit a team that has struggled recently, going just 2-8 in its last ten games.
Keep an eye on further news regarding Hicks’ injury, especially Monday morning as the results of his MRI should come out. If it happens to be just a grade one strain, there should be no need to drop Hicks, as he will continue to see good pitches to hit as long as he continues to bat in front of Judge. Ellsbury may also be an interesting option as long as he has no setbacks from the concussion.