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Aaron Hicks exits Yankees game with apparent leg injury

The Yankees’ outfield becomes even thinner after the hero of game one gets pulled in the fifth

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The good feelings from the Yankees’ walk-off in game one of the doubleheader proved fleeting, as the Bombers endure yet another apparent injury. Aaron Hicks, who tied the first game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, was pulled from the game in the fifth inning.

Hicks waved at a 3-0 pitch before taking a fuller swing at an elevated 3-1 fastball from Chasen Shreve. He grimaced on the swing and walked gingerly around home plate, prompting a visit from Aaron Boone and the trainer. He managed to convince Boone to let him finish the at-bat and he drew a walk. Hicks was visibly limping down the first base line, and despite his protests, Boone replaced him with Brett Gardner.

It is unclear whether this knock will result in a stint on the IL, as Hicks was able to complete the at-bat and jog to first, albeit with some difficulty. If he does end up on the IL, the Yankees would have their entire starting outfield on the shelf at the same time, as Hicks would be joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Add that to absences of Gleyber Torres, Zack Britton, and James Paxton, and the Yankees just cannot seem to shake the injury bug. We’ll be monitoring Hicks’ status throughout the day, and will provide any updates when they arrive.