Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is enjoying a career year with a .290/.398/.515 slash line, .913 OPS, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs.
However, he’ll have to wait three-to-four weeks to add to those numbers after suffering a right oblique injury in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.
“I didn’t really think too much of it,” Hicks said of the pain in his side he felt in his first at-bat (via Yankees.com). “I thought I could play through it. My second at-bat, I took a swing on a base-hit up the middle, that’s when I really felt it.”
Hicks, 27, left the game in the fourth inning and underwent an MRI.
Manager Joe Girardi said Hicks’ injury may expedite the return of Jacoby Ellsbury to the lineup. Since suffering a concussion May 24 against Kansas City when he crashed into the center-field wall, Ellsbury has just eight at-bats to his name — all with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.