We’re only halfway through the first game of the ALDS, but nothing is going the Yankees’ way so far. J.A. Happ got into trouble early and gave up a three-run bomb, Chris Sale’s arm and velocity seem perfectly fine, and the Bombers found themselves in an early 5-0 deficit. To make matters worse, Aaron Hicks was just removed from the game with an apparent leg injury.
Hicks led off the fourth inning with a single to right field. He didn’t have to run hard out of the box, and it seemed like a good sign to have the leadoff man aboard. However, the outfielder started stretching his legs out and it wasn’t long before athletic trainer Steve Donohue ran out to see what was wrong. Given his recent hamstring injury during the last series against the Rays, that’s the likely culprit. He tried to stretch it out, but the Yankees removed him from the game. Brett Gardner took over as pinch runner.
Losing Hicks for the rest of the series would be a serious blow to the lineup. Fingers crossed that he’ll be good as new tomorrow. Fingers doubly crossed that they Yankees find a way to win this game.