Hicks is not in the starting lineup for Friday's contest with Tampa Bay, Mark Feinsand of NY Daily News reports. After seeing six consecutive starts, Hicks will get a day off as Rob Refsnyder replaces him in right and bats ninth. Hicks continues to struggle at the plate as he's only collected seven hits in his last 20 games (.152 BA), lowering his season line to .189/.254/.291.
Hicks will start in right field and bat ninth in the lineup Sunday against the Giants. Alex Rodriguez's offensive struggles this month have opened the door for more playing time for Hicks, who has typically entered the outfield mix whenever Carlos Beltran swaps in for Rodriguez at designated hitter. Though he'll be making his fourth start in five games, Hicks has yet to seize the opportunity, going 1-for-11 with a walk in the preceding three starts.
Hicks didn't start Thursday, but went 0-for-1 after replacing Rob Refsnyder in right field in the win over the Indians. Hicks had started 10 of the previous 11 games as the Yankees remained committed to getting the switch-hitter in the lineup against left-handed pitching, but he's been mired in a season-long slump. Hitting just .200 -- and only .155 against southpaws -- could spell more frequent days off going forward.
Hicks went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Twins. The 26-year-old victimized his former team with his first homer of June. Hicks was considerably struggling at the plate heading into the month, but has now produced a .282/.300/.436 line since June 1. The improved play has boosted his average 25 points to .217, offering the Yankees some solid production from the latter half of the order.
Hicks is out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game against Arizona, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Hicks has started 10 of the last 11 games and so will get the night off with Jacoby Ellsbury getting the start in center field. The 26-year-old is emerging from a beginning-of-the-season-slump as he's raised his average from .067 to .211 over the last 14 games. It's tough to say if Hicks will be back in the lineup for Thursday's game against Oakland as the Yankees have the three-piece of Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, and Ellsbury that they could choose to go with again.