Yankees News: Aaron Hicks to Undergo MRI After Suffering Elbow Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 4, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 30: Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees in action against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2019 in New York City. Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks will receive an MRI after suffering an elbow injury during his team's 6-4 win against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday evening.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that the injury occurred after Hicks made a throw to third base. Brett Gardner relieved Hicks in the lineup.

Hicks has 12 home runs, 36 RBI and a .235 batting average in 59 games this season. A back injury forced him off the field until mid-May to start his 2019 campaign.

The extent of Hicks' injury is unknown at this time, and he spoke on the matter postgame:

Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

Aaron Hicks said that he has never had an elbow issue before tonight. He is trying to stay positive but said that any injury with the elbow is obviously concerning.

Hicks signed a seven-year, $70 million extension after the 2018 season, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. That deal came after a breakout 2018 campaign where Hicks had a career-high 27 home runs, 79 RBI, 90 runs and 4.7 WAR, per ESPN Stats & Info (h/t Harvey).

While Hicks hasn't been as impactful offensively this year, the back issues certainly may have impeded any progress as he got off to a late start.

Losing him certainly hurts defensively, though, as Hicks' arm and range have been assets in the Bronx.

If Hicks is forced to miss time, the Yanks will likely turn to some combination of Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman to help fill the outfield spots alongside right fielder Aaron Judge. The Yanks could also call up an outfielder like Clint Frazier or a utility man such as Tyler Wade to take Hicks' place on the 25-man roster.

The injury is just another in a long line of them for the Yanks, who are somehow 71-39 and first in the American League despite season-long ailments to hitters and pitchers.

Of note, first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion got plunked in Game 1 of New York's home doubleheader with the Sox on Saturday and received a right wrist fracture.

Pete Caldera of USA Today reported that Encarnacion was the 16th current Bronx Bomber and 24th Yankee overall to land on the injured list.

New York closes out its four-game series with the Red Sox on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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