Yankees' Aaron Hicks Says He's Healthy And Ready To Play In ALCS

Alex Greenberg
October 08, 2019 - 7:02 pm
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Aaron Hicks hasn’t played since August 3, but he could be set for a dramatic October return to the diamond. 

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The Yankees swept the Twins on Monday night in Minnesota to move on to the ALCS. There they await either the Astros or the Rays, and they could possibly have Hicks back in the lineup at some point in that series.

Hicks told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he is healthy and "definitely ready to go out there and play.”

“That's really what I'm getting ready for is to get back and play in the playoffs,” said Hicks. “Get back to playing baseball. I'm pretty much doing everything.”

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Hicks is down in Tampa working out at the Yankees’ complex there. He has recovered enough from his right elbow strain that he’s hitting live pitching and throwing to bases from the outfield.

If he can come back and be somewhat like his usual self, he would add another layer of depth to the Yankees outfield lineup. Before this latest injury, Hicks was .235 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. He only played in 59 games this season due to his various ailments. 

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Clint Frazier, Mike Ford, Jordan Montgomery and Stephen Tarpley are all also training down in Tampa. They weren’t included on the ALDS roster, but will try and stay ready in case they are needed at some point later in the playoffs.

It will be interesting to hear what Aaron Boone has to say the next time he’s asked about Hicks’ status.