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The New York Yankees seem more and more not likely to receive a late-season contribution from outfielder Aaron Hicks. He’s slated to be out of play for quite a few more weeks after a visit to the office of Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
This is in some respects good news. Hicks had at the start prevented the worst-case scenario of Tommy John’s surgical treatment however suffered a current setback in his bid to return from elbow troubles. That option was once and nonetheless is still on the table, as Sherman suggested. It would absolutely be greatest to keep away from that outcome, so it’s pretty promising that the clinical professionals experience it’s still a conceivable opportunity to do so.
Hicks is now in a bit of an awkward situation involving timing. Even if he’s declared geared up to work lower back toward enjoying a capability in a few weeks’ time, that’d barely make him accessible for a possible postseason run. That should have real importance to the team, however, it’s additionally now not challenging to imagine a scenario the place he, in reality, isn’t equipped in time to be relied on with a postseason roster spot.
Even if a late-2019 return isn’t possible, Hicks may want to conceivably keep away from a procedure if he shows sufficient healing progress. With a full offseason of rest, possibly he’d be in a position to avert it altogether. But if the surgical operation does prove necessary, then any delay on the front quit will result in an equivalent prolong on the backside. With about six months to go till Spring Training, Hicks would possibly be delayed in 2020 even if he had the surgery today.
Fortunately, the team and player appear to have the same normal incentives. Hicks is playing on an extension that runs for the next six seasons, so the Yankees can take the long view. He’ll earn $10.5M yearly opening next season and $9.5M apiece in 2024 and 2025. With ample depth options, the membership can weather an absence, even though that would assuredly no longer be the first preference after the club’s near-miraculous high-wire act in 2019.
The Yankees’ outfield depth is now in question. Hicks and Mike Tauchman can’t be counted on, even if there’s some small probability that one or the other may want to be accessible if needed in a deep playoff run. Giancarlo Stanton is still now not pretty back. Beyond mainstays Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner, the membership is searching at a mix that consists of Cameron Maybin, Clint Frazier and utility pieces such as Thairo Estrada, Breyvic Valera, and Tyler Wade.