Hicks is expected to serve as Grayson Greiner's backup at the catcher position while seeing some time at first base next year, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. According to manager Ron Gardenhire, the Tigers view Greiner as the everyday catcher, though that would still leave Hicks with a couple opportunities every week. Hicks basically duplicated his 2017 production in 2018, hitting .260/.312/.403 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. He was more productive than Greiner, so don't be surprised the two backstops wind up splitting time if Greiner isn't able to improve his offensive output.
Hicks (hip) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday. This is simply a bookkeeping move, as Hicks has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery last month. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Dustin Peterson, who was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Thursday.
Hicks (groin) will undergo surgery Thursday, which is expected to sideline him for 3-to-6 weeks, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Though this doesn't officially rule Hicks out for the rest of the year, manager Ron Gardenhire stated that it will essentially be "season ending." Hicks suffered the right groin injury in early August and was placed on the DL a week ago. The Tigers are officially calling this injury a bilateral core muscle defect. Look for Jim Adduci to remain a fixture in Detroit's lineup at first base in Hicks' absence.
Hicks is scheduled to visit a specialist about his injured groin, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Hicks has been on the disabled list with what was originally described as a groin strain. The specialist visit will determine if he's dealing with anything more severe. His recovery timeline should become more clear following the visit.
Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a right groin strain, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Hicks' back-to-back absences were apparently injury-related rather than performance-related. It's unclear how long he'll be out. Grayson Greiner was called up in a corresponding move.