Hicks hit a pinch-hit home run during Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay. After missing 22 outings with an oblique injury, Hicks has gone 3-for-5 with two homers through three games since returning from the disabled list. Injuries and a crowded outfield have limited him to just 350 plate appearances, but 2017 has easily been Hicks' best fantasy campaign to date. He has flashed the coveted power-speed combo while posting a solid .891 OPS.
Hicks is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays. Hicks will get the day off after starting the past two games -- which came on the heels of a three-week stay on the DL (oblique) -- as manager Joe Girardi will give his outfielder a little rest. In his place, Jacoby Ellsbury draws the start in center while batting seventh in the order.
Hicks is starting in center field and leading off Tuesday against the Rays, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Hicks was reinstated from the 10-day DL prior to Tuesday's contest, and he'll make his first start since suffering an oblique injury Sept. 2. He's missed 61 games this season due to oblique injuries, but he's compiled a respectable .265/.367/.463 line in 82 games when healthy. The Yankees have already locked up a playoff spot, so Hicks should see plenty of opportunities to shake the rust off over the final six games, though he may not play everyday with Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier also in the mix. He'll face Blake Snell in his return to the lineup.
Hicks (oblique) is scheduled to play Instructional League games Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday, George A. King of the New York Post reports. Manager Joe Girardi indicated he wants to be sure the switch-hitting Hicks is comfortable from both sides of the plate before being activated, but the goal still seems to be a return before the end of the regular season next Sunday. Jacoby Ellsbury has filled in at center field in Hicks' absence and slashed an impressive .391/.500/.563 in September, so it remains to be seen if Hicks will immediately slot back into the starting lineup even when he does return to full health.
Hicks (oblique) traveled to Florida in order to record some plate appearances in the Instructional League, and will compete in a minor-league game Monday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. Hicks was able to begin hitting off a tee Sunday, and this next step will finally allow him to receive some live at-bats as he continues to ramp up his recovery. With a minor-league appearance on tap for Monday, the outfielder could be back with the big-league club shortly after that outing, if all goes well during his rehab over the course of this week.
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