Aaron Hicks Begins Throwing Program
Yankees middle fielder Aaron Hicks has been cleared to start a throwing program, supervisor Aaron Boone informed reporters Wednesday (Twitter hyperlinks through Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Boone didn’t present an additional timetable on Hicks, however it’s a notable step within the 30-year-old’s restoration from final October’s Tommy John surgical procedure.
As MLBTR’s Connor Byrne famous when taking a look at how the suspending of Opening Day impacts the Yankees, Hicks’ restoration timetable was anticipated to be eight to 10 months, which might put him in line for a return wherever from June till August. Relying on when (or if) the season is ready to start, it’s doable that Hicks may return to the lineup with out having missed a lot time in any respect.
That’d be a notable increase for the Yankees; whereas many have lamented the seven-year, $70MM contract signed by Hicks instantly earlier than again accidents induced him to start the 2019 season on the IL (and earlier than his elbow required surgical procedure), it’s price remembering simply how sturdy Hicks’ 2017-18 seasons have been. Throughout that point, he slashed .255/.368/.470 with 42 dwelling runs, 36 doubles, three triples and 21 steals by way of 942 plate appearances. Within the area, he totaled four Defensive Runs Saved, a 5.7 Final Zone Ranking and was at the least common, per Statcast’s OAA metric.
Boone additionally famous that lefty James Paxton, on the mend from again surgical procedure, is constant a throwing program at his Wisconsin dwelling. All seems to be properly on that entrance — or, at the least, no setback or adverse updates have been offered — which bodes properly for an on-target return to the mound. The Yankees introduced he’d be sidelined three to 4 months when he underwent again surgical procedure in February.
As for proper fielder Aaron Decide, Boone supplied little when it comes to timeline however gave what’s positive to be a irritating replace for followers when he revealed that the slugger’s collapsed lung may date all the way in which again to a diving try within the outfield final September. “It’s most likely one thing that’s not possible to know for positive, however I might imagine that it’s all interrelated,” mentioned Boone. Decide might be re-evaluated in a “few weeks” after his cracked rib has had extra time to heal, tweets Brendan Kuty of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.