Hicks Could Miss Playoffs After Doctor Reportedly Recommends More Elbow Rest

Ryan Chatelain
September 11, 2019 - 2:51 pm
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Aaron Hicks wasn't healthy when the season began, and it's looking less and less likely he'll be healthy when it ends.

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Hicks sought a second opinion on his ailing elbow from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, who recommended the center fielder rest a few more weeks before further evaluation, the New York Post's Joel Sherman first reported Wednesday.

Hicks has been out since Aug. 4. The worst-case scenario for him is Tommy John surgery, which would not only end his season this year but sideline him for a chunk of 2020 as well.

In a best-case scenario, Hicks would be cleared to resume throwing again around the time the playoffs begin next month, making him highly doubtful to be on the Yankees' AL Division Series roster.

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Hicks, who signed a seven-year, $70 million extension with the Yankees in Feburary, has played in just 59 games this season, batting .235 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. The 29-year-old outfielder missed the first month and a half of the season with a back injury he suffered in spring training.

Without Hicks, the Yankees would be thin in the outfield entering the playoffs. Mike Tauchman is likely to miss the rest of the season with a left calf strain, leaving Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier as the only healthy outfielders on the roster. Giancarlo Stanton, however, could return next week.

CC'S BACK

The Yankees activated pitcher CC Sabathia from the injured list Wednesday. He will be the Bombers' starter at Detroit on Wednesday night.

Inflammation in the 39-year-old left-hander's right knee landed him on the IL for the fourth time on Aug. 31.