Just two days after Didi Gregorius suffered a cartilage tear in his wrist, Aaron Hicks came up limping in tonight’s game. In the third inning, the outfielder hit a ground ball to the right side. Aaron Judge was out at second base, but Hicks beat the throw to first to avoid the double play. Unfortunately, he was injured on the play and had to be removed from the game. The Yankees announced that he has a tight left hamstring.
Hicks, 28, is slashing .248/.369/.467 with 26 home runs through 133 games. The outfielder is in the midst of the best season of his career by far, and probably his healthiest. Aside from a DL stint at the beginning of the season due to a strained right intercostal muscle, Hicks has been dependable.
It’s a good thing that Judge is back, because the last thing the team needs is more injuries. If Hicks is out for the rest of the season, Brett Gardner can be the backup outfielder, but that wouldn’t be ideal. Is it too much to ask to have everyone healthy at the same time for the playoffs?