Aaron Hicks CF MIN 4 days ago

Hicks (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

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Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks went 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's win over Detroit. Since returning from the DL, he's hitting .286 (8-for-28) with two home runs in nine games.

Hicks has played well enough since his return from the DL that he'll continue to be the starting center fielder until Byron Buxton returns from the DL (which could be four to six weeks or more). If Hicks continues his recent play, he could force the Twins to find a way to keep him in left or right field even when Buxton returns.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks homered for the second straight game Monday, bringing his season total to three.

The outfielder has also driven in a run in all four of his starts since coming off the disabled list. Despite his recent RBI splurge, Hicks is hitting just .236 in 106 at-bats.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks went 1-for-3 with his second home run of the season in a 3-2 loss against the Royals Sunday.

The homer was Hicks' first hit in three games since returning from the DL. With Byron Buxton (thumb) out, Hicks has seemingly taken over as the primary center fielder for the Twins, but he's hit at or near the bottom of the order and that seems likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks (forearm) was activated from the disabled list Friday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Hicks was previously expected to return at the start of the week, and he'll finally make it back to the majors for Friday's game against the Royals. Byron Buxton (thumb) isn't expected back until late July or early August, but Hicks may have to compete with Danny Santana for playing time in center field.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks (forearm) will not be activated from the disabled list Monday, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Hicks was expected to be ready to go by the start of this week, but after Triple-A Rochester experienced a rainout Saturday, the outfielder's rehab process got delayed. He'll pick up a few more at-bats with Rochester on Sunday and Monday before likely rejoining the Twins later in the week. Once activated, Hicks should have a fairly clear path back to regular center-field duties after Byron Buxton sprained his thumb and landed on the DL.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks (forearm) went 0-for-4 while playing for Triple-A Rochester on a rehab assignment Saturday. He could be activated from the DL before Monday's game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

With the Twins having lost Byron Buxton to a thumb injury for a month or more, Hicks could be the starting center fielder again as early as Monday if he shows he's healthy during two rehab games for Rochester.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks (forearm) is set to begin his rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Rochester, Brian Murphy of The Pioneer Press reports.

Hicks took another step forward Tuesday when he faced live pitching in the batting cage and will now begin a rehab assignment. However, Murphy reports that there are no guarantees that Hicks returns to the Twins immediately as his injury opened the door for prospect Byron Buxton to be promoted to the big league club.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks (forearm) faced live pitching in the batting cages Tuesday afternoon, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

The increased activity adds further validity to GM Terry Ryan's comments earlier in the week that Hicks was progressing well in his recovery from the forearm injury. Hicks seems to believe he'll be ready to go when he's eligible to return from the DL on Monday, but it's unclear if he'll have a starting job waiting for him any longer after stud prospect Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 while moving into the leadoff role Monday night.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Twins GM Terry Ryan said Monday that Hicks (forearm) is "making progress," Brandon Warne of 105 The Ticket reports.

Hicks remains on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, but with a positive MRI and an increasing throwing program, it looks like he's headed toward a return. It remains questionable, however, whether Hicks will have a starting outfield job waiting for him.