Hicks (back) said he's pain-free following his second cortisone shot, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

The next step for Hicks will be swinging; the outfielder said he was pain-free following his first cortisone shot, but the issue flared up when he resumed swinging. Hicks is expected to open the season on the injured list and likely won't have a concrete timetable for his return until he's further along in his rehab.

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