Hicks is not in Thursday's lineup against the Astros. Hicks is in a rough patch at the plate, hitting .132 with one home run and one steal in his last 10 games. However, his strikeout rate (20.5 percent) and walk rate (13.6 percent) are still favorable over that span, so he should snap out of things soon. Cameron Maybin and Brett Gardner will start alongside Giancarlo Stanton.
Hicks is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports. The Yankees are likely just giving Hicks a maintenance day after he started in each of the team's last nine games and hit only .188 over that stretch. Despite his lackluster production since returning from the injured list in mid-May, Hicks is the likeliest candidate among the Yankees' outfielders to retain a full-time role once Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) and Aaron Judge (oblique) are back in action, thanks to his often elite defense. Stanton is on track to return from the IL on Tuesday, while Judge's reinstatement could come days later.
Hicks won't start the evening portion of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets. Hicks went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored in the day's first game. The Yankees won't ask the injury-prone outfielder to play two games in one day, so Brett Gardner will slide to center field with Cameron Maybin starting in left.
Hicks went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland. The 29-year-old has found his power stroke, homering three times in the last four games, and the surge has pushed his slash line up to .239/.325/.433. Hicks was understandably rusty after missing the first month-and-a-half of the season with back trouble, but he's still been productive since his return with four home runs, 12 runs and 15 RBI in only 18 games.
Hicks is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Hicks has started the past four games for the Yankees, going 4-for-15 (.267) with a homer, four RBI and a 2:3 BB:K during those contests. In his absence, the Yankees will go with an outfield consisting of Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier from left to right.
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