The Yankees plan to place Hicks (back) on their injured list prior to their March 28 season opener against the Orioles, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. Hicks had already mentioned over the weekend that he wouldn't be ready to go for Opening Day, so Rojas' report merely confirms that the outfielder is due to miss multiple games to begin the season. While Hicks is on the mend, Brett Gardner is expected to shift over to center field and serve as the Yankees' primary option at the position.
Hicks told Coley Harvey of ESPN.com on Sunday that he will not play Opening Day and will miss the entirety of the Yankees' season-opening series with the Orioles. Hicks said Friday that he still hoped to be available for Opening Day, but he needed a second cortisone shot in his back Sunday morning, and that will prevent him from playing in the Yankees' season opener. While Hicks will miss the first three games of the season if he sits for all of the series against the Orioles, he is hoping that will be the extent of his absence and is targeting his season debut sometime in the Yankees' second series, which will begin Apr. 1 and come against the Tigers.
HIcks (back) may not be ready by Opening Day according to general manager Brian Cashman, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Hicks himself said Friday that he expects to be ready, but the team evidently feels differently. Should he require a trip to the injured list, a path could open up for both Luke Voit and Greg Bird to make the Opening Day roster, with one filling a designated hitter role, pushing Giancarlo Stanton to left field and Brett Gardner to center. Alternatively, Clint Frazier could spend time as the team's starting center fielder.
Hicks said Friday that his back is feeling "much better," and he is confident he will be ready for Opening Day, Jack Curry of YES Network reports. Hicks has not appeared in a game since March 1 and is not in the lineup Friday, but he apparently feels in a good place after receiving a cortisone shot Monday. Hicks' optimism certainly bodes well for his chances of playing in the Yankees' season opener, but he's likely going to have to resume playing in games soon to get back into playing shape and avoid opening on the injured list.
Hicks had a cortisone shot in his back Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Hicks hasn't played in over a week due to back stiffness. He feels better after the shot and remains not particularly concerned about his readiness for Opening Day, though it will still be a few more days before he's ready to resume baseball activities. If he's not good to go for the start of the year, an opportunity could open up for Clint Frazier.