The Yankees received another injury scare on Monday night. In the top of the third inning, Aaron Hicks attempted to beat out a double play. He made it through the first base bag safely, but pulled up once he hit the brakes. He limped around for a little while before being removed in favor of Brett Gardner.
Losing Hicks at any period of time hurts, but this sort of injury appears even more costly with the postseason looming. Hicks, 28, is having another strong season. The switch hitter owns a .247/.368/.465 batting line with career high 26 home runs. He owns a rather impressive 127 wRC+.
For his part, Hicks doesn’t think the injury is particularly serious. He views it as a nagging problem, more of a day-to-day issue.
“[My] hamstring has kind of been tight for the last three days,” Hick explained, “and today was the day where they finally asked me what’s going on. I just told them it was tight.”
The most interesting part of the interview came when Meredith Marakovits asked if Hicks was concerned about the injury. “No, no, no, I’m not concerned about it at all,” he shot back. “I just need a day or two, and I’ll be back on the field.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone exerted a little more caution in his postgame remarks, indicating that Hicks will undergo an MRI.
“We didn’t want to risk anything,” Boone told members of the media. “Hopefully it’s not anything serious. He’ll be examined more [Tuesday], and hopefully it’s not something that keeps him out too long.”
With Didi Gregorius already on the shelf, the Yankees can hardly afford to lose Hicks. Gardner had a solid game filling in for the center fielder, but he looked finished for the better part of the season. Heres’ hoping the situation is as optimistic as Hicks painted it. Hamstrings are tricky, though, so proceed with caution.