Yankees News: Aaron Hicks Still Weeks Away from Throwing amid Injury Recovery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 13, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 31: Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees runs toward the dugout during the fifth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium on July 31, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees will play without center fielder Aaron Hicks for longer than expected because of an elbow injury.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Hicks won't be able to throw for at least two more weeks:

"Because of where the flexor strain is, being close to the (ulnar collateral ligament), we just don't want to risk anything so we're going to make sure it's completely healed up and probably after another couple weeks he should be good to go. But everything is doing well, he feels really good. All encouraging. But it's going to be another couple of weeks from today."

Hicks hasn't appeared in a game since New York's Aug. 3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees placed him on the 10-day injured list the following day when he complained about pain in his elbow after making a throw to third base.

Per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Hicks' MRI revealed a flexor strain, but the ligament remained intact, allowing him to avoid Tommy John surgery.

Based on a potential two-week time frame for Hicks to resume throwing, he could go out on a rehab assignment in the minors before the regular season ends Sept. 2.

The Yankees, who own the American League's best record at 79-41, are planning for a playoff run. They have a nine-game advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

In Hicks' absence, Boone has used Brett Gardner in center field.

Hicks, 29, didn't make his 2019 debut until May 15 because of a strained back he suffered during spring training. He is hitting .235/.325/.443 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 59 games.

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