The Yankees held their annual season’s end press conference on Thursday afternoon, and Brian Cashman delivered significant injury news. The general manager indicated that Aaron Hicks will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. The recovery timeline sits at around eight to ten months.
Hicks, 30, first sprained the flexor tendon in his right elbow on August 3. It appeared he was heading for Tommy John surgery then, but he worked his way back to play in the ALCS. He was a force in that series, too, hitting the game-winning home run off Justin Verlander in Game Five.
The center fielder appeared in 59 games in 2019, after a bad back started him on the shelf. Hicks hit .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs (102 wRC+). Prior to the season he signed a seven-year, $70 million extension with the Yankees.
Cashman didn’t commit to any path at center field. A reunion with Brett Gardner seems like the logical move, however, and the GM showered the veteran outfielder with praise. “I don’t think there’s any question as to what his capabilities are. He’s tremendous on both sides of the ball—offensively and defensively, including playing center field.”
Elsewhere, Masahiro Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, and Luke Voit had surgery to repair his core injuries. Both are expected to be ready for spring training.
We’ll have more details as the information becomes available. For now, there’s clarity with Hicks and Voit. Now it’s time for the Yankees to get to work.