Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks has opted to undergo surgery onn his left wrist, manager Aaron Boone said, and his recovery will take “months.”
Aaron Hicks could be done for the season.
The Yankees center fielder has opted to undergo surgery to repair a torn sheath in his left wrist, manager Aaron Boone said Friday, and his recovery will take “months.”
“Let’s get through the surgery and see what they say about it, about a potential timeline, and if that puts any point at the end of the season in play or not, probably too early to speculate on that,” Boone said before the Yankees opened a series against the White Sox in The Bronx.
“But it’s going to be a while.”
Hicks was placed on the injured list May 16 and initially attempted to treat the injury — a rupturing of the protective covering of the wrist tendons — with anti-inflammatories. But surgery was always on the table and Hicks has now chosen to take that route. On Saturday he will fly to Arizona, where the surgery will take place on a date to be determined.
“I think it just started to become now a consistent issue for him,” Boone said. “Who knows when this thing first happened, whether it’s been months, whether it’s been years. Every now and then, something would flair up on him, but it usually went away. This time, it’s continued to linger. I don’t think he’s in a lot of pain but he definitely feels it when he’s swinging. It doesn’t allow him to swing the bat the way he needs to swing the bat.
“Going through the medicine route, seeing how that declared itself, this is the next right step for Aaron to hopefully put this behind him.”
Hicks’ surgery leaves the Yankees even more shorthanded in the outfield. Brett Gardner is starting in center field Friday night while Clint Frazier remained out of the lineup to get his neck looked at by the Yankees’ doctors.
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Greg Joyce