Yankees don’t seem concerned about Aaron Hicks’ injury scares


The Yankees had yet another injury scare on the night of their double sided against the Mets on Sunday, when Aaron Hicks left the 5-2, eight-innings win in the top of the fifth with cramps in both calves.Hicks felt the cramps after committing a foul on a 3-1 Chasen Shreve pitch. After a visit from coach Aaron Boone and the coaching staff, Hicks continued at bat and took the next pitch for the four ball. He trotted first, but was replaced by Brett Gardner.

“I don’t think it’s serious at all,” Boone said.

Hicks said he was “okay” and expects to be in the lineup Monday against Tampa Bay.

Earlier in the day, Hicks tied a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh in the Yankees’ 8-7 eight-innings comeback victory in the Bronx.

The Yankees are already without Aaron Judge (calf) and Giancarlo Stanton (hamstrings). Hicks has a long history of injury. An already exhausted outfield could hardly afford another loss.

Stanton has been out for three weeks and is still “not quite out of the woods yet” in his recovery, according to Boone.

Aaron Hicks speaks with Yankees coach and Aaron Boone.Paul J. Bereswill

“He’s going through progressions,” Boone said of Stanton, who had a slight rehab day on Sunday. “He runs around 75 to 80%. … We just want to make sure we get him to the finish line with the injury.

Stanton last performed on August 8. He’s on the injured list with Judge and it’s unclear when either outfielder might be ready to come back with less than a month to play in the regular season.

Zack Britton (hamstring) started a bullpen session on Sunday and Boone thinks he’ll be back soon. The left-hander was able to sprint out of the mound during PFP exercises and Boone said he is expected to come back “this week”.

“It’s such an important part of what we’re trying to do here all the time,” Boone said.

The Yankees have seen high-end relievers Chad Green, Adam Ottavino and Aroldis Chapman surrender in recent days.

“We understand there will be pitfalls along the way,” Boone said. “Even in the most successful seasons, a good reliever will give up a game that we have. We are equipped to handle this. … Nothing really changes with the confidence we have in these guys. We can’t wait for them to keep going there and doing their jobs the next time they get the chance.

Gio Urshela took home the simple winner of Sunday’s opener after not playing since Wednesday with a bone spur to his elbow. He entered the game as a pincher in the fifth. Boone said Urshela experienced elbow discomfort on a swing in his last batting game in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the spur may have been there for some time.

“It was almost like hyperextension, but the symptoms have gone away a lot over the past few days,” Boone said. “It doesn’t seem like a real concern at this point. We have the impression that all is well.

Gleyber Torres (hamstring) was also doing pre-game exercises.

Boone said Kyle Higashioka (oblique) is expected to join the squad in the “next few days”. When asked if the Yankees would wear three catchers then, Boone replied, “We’ll see.

They would risk losing Erik Kratz if they chose him.

With the A’s-Astros game postponed on Sunday due to a COVID case with Oakland, Boone said he remained “optimistic” that MLB will end the season.

“We have to contain it on a large scale,” Boone said. “We have not had any cases dating back to [Chapman] in summer camp [but] you can see [how] a positive test from another team playing another team changes your week and your schedule in a hurry. “

Gerrit Cole will start against Tampa Bay on Monday, preparing for the rotation against the Rays, followed by Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery. JA Happ kicks off Thursday’s makeup game against the Mets at Citi Field.


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