OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
1 day ago

Hicks (back) said he's pain-free following his second cortisone shot, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The next step for Hicks will be swinging; the outfielder said he was pain-free following his first cortisone shot, but the issue flared up when he resumed swinging. Hicks is expected to open the season on the injured list and likely won't have a concrete timetable for his return until he's further along in his rehab.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
2 days ago

The Yankees plan to place Hicks (back) on their injured list prior to their March 28 season opener against the Orioles, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks had already mentioned over the weekend that he wouldn't be ready to go for Opening Day, so Rojas' report merely confirms that the outfielder is due to miss multiple games to begin the season. While Hicks is on the mend, Brett Gardner is expected to shift over to center field and serve as the Yankees' primary option at the position.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
4 days ago

Hicks told Coley Harvey of ESPN.com on Sunday that he will not play Opening Day and will miss the entirety of the Yankees' season-opening series with the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks said Friday that he still hoped to be available for Opening Day, but he needed a second cortisone shot in his back Sunday morning, and that will prevent him from playing in the Yankees' season opener. While Hicks will miss the first three games of the season if he sits for all of the series against the Orioles, he is hoping that will be the extent of his absence, and is targeting his season debut sometime in the Yankees' second series, which will begin April 1 and come against the Tigers.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
6 days ago

HIcks (back) may not be ready by Opening Day according to general manager Brian Cashman, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks himself said Friday that he expects to be ready by Opening Day, but the team evidently feels differently. Should he require a trip to the injured list, a path would open up for both Luke Voit and Greg Bird to make the Opening Day roster, with one filling a designated hitter role, pushing Giancarlo Stanton to left field and Brett Gardner to center. Alternatively, Clint Frazier could spend time as the team's starting center fielder.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
6 days ago

Hicks said Friday that his back is feeling "much better," and he is confident he will be ready for Opening Day, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks has not appeared in a game since March 1 and is not in the lineup Friday, but he apparently feels in a good place after receiving a cortisone shot Monday. Hicks' optimism certainly bodes well for his chances of playing in the Yankees' season opener, but he's likely going to have to resume playing in games soon to get back into playing shape and avoid opening on the injured list.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
1 week ago

Hicks had a cortisone shot in his back Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks hasn't played in over a week due to back stiffness. He feels better after the shot and remains not particularly concerned about his readiness for Opening Day, though it will still be a few more days before he's ready to resume baseball activities. If he's not good to go for the start of the year, an opportunity could open up for Clint Frazier.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
2 weeks ago

Hicks (back) will visit a doctor Monday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks has been held out of games since Sunday due to back stiffness. He's been receiving treatment and has been feeling better but is still experiencing some discomfort. The Yankees' conservative approach with the injury-plagued outfielder means that a trip to the injured list is possible should Hicks' absence continue for an extended period.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
2 weeks ago

Hicks (back) is likely to be held out through Monday's off day, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Aaron Boone indicated Thursday that Hicks had "significantly improved" and was eyeing a return this weekend, but will instead remain out until Tuesday's game against the Orioles, at least. The 29-year-old resumed swinging a bat but still has some discomfort as he continues to nurse a stiff back.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
2 weeks ago

Hicks (back) is hoping to return to the lineup this weekend, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

His lower-back stiffness has significantly improved, according to manager Aaron Boone. Hicks will likely do some throwing and hitting Thursday in preparation to return to game action at some point in the next several days.

OUTAaron Hicks
CF NYY
2 weeks ago

Hicks remains unconcerned about his back injury but isn't expected to return to batting practice for several more days, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hicks underwent an MRI which didn't reveal anything to worry about. He still has plenty of time to rest a few more days without significantly hurting his preparation for the upcoming season, so at this point it doesn't appear that an early-season trip to the injured list will be necessary.