Yankees' Hicks To Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Out 8-10 Months

Ryan Chatelain
October 24, 2019 - 12:49 pm
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Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week and his rehab will take eight to 10 months, general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday.

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Hicks missed the final two months of the regular season with what was described then as a flexor strain but returned for the American League Championship Series, hitting .154 (2-for-13) with a home run — a key three-run blast in a Game 5 win over the Astros. 

His surgery — reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament — will take place Wednesday in Los Angeles and be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Aaron Hicks hits a two run home run against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park.
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Cashman was asked if Hicks returning for the postseason played a role in him needing surgery. 

"He's getting Tommy John 'cause he needs it. That's the bottom line," the Yankees GM said. "I think obviously he was feeling it regardless of getting back."

Cashman also explained that Hicks suffered the flexor strain and injured his UCL at the same time but only the flexor strain was announced publicly. 

Hicks, who signed a seven-year, $70 million contract extension with the Yankees in February, hit .235 in 59 regular season games with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs.

It's the second year in a row Cashman opened his end-of-the-season news conference revealing that a key player needed Tommy John surgery. Last year it was shortstop Didi Gregorius, who returned in early June.

Cashman also announced that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs in his right elbow and first baseman Luke Voit had surgery Thursday morning to repair bilateral core muscle injuries. Both are expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

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