Game 38: Aaron Hicks has torn tendon sheath in wrist, Giancarlo Stanton scratched

Update, 6:10pm: More good news.

Well that’s just great. I’m sure we’ll find out more in the postgame. As a result, Luke Voit is now batting second instead of fourth. Gary Sánchez will clean up and DH.


Original post: Ugh. Yesterday, the Yankees sat center fielder Aaron Hicks due to wrist soreness and sent him for imaging. Today, we get the word that he has a torn tendon sheath in his wrist. That’s the same injury Mark Teixeira suffered in 2013, limiting him to just 15 games before surgery in July ended his season.

Now, the Teixeira comparison is a bit dramatic, but surgery is a possibility. For the time being, he’s taking medication in hope that it will resolve itself in the next few days. This injury likely explains a good deal of Hicks’s struggles at the plate this season.

For the time being, expect Brett Gardner everyday in center field. That said, someone else is going to have to play there on occasion. We saw Aaron Judge out there in recent years, though that’s certainly not an ideal place to put him in order to keep him healthy. Ultimately, this could force the Yankees hand to promote Estevan Florial, whether he’s ready or not. Florial was just bumped up to Triple-A today, by the way. As Bobby noted in our Slack, this seems partially procedural to get him into the Tier 1 status for a quick promotion, if needed.

So, Hicks is out of the lineup today, but not on the injured list yet. That leaves the lineups as follows for tonight’s series opener:

New York Yankees (20-17)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Judge, RF
  4. Luke Voit, 1B
  5. Clint Frazier, LF
  6. Brett Gardner, CF
  7. Miguel Andújar, 3B
  8. Kyle Higashioka, C
  9. Tyler Wade, SS

RHP Corey Kluber

Baltimore Orioles (16-21)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. Austin Hays, LF
  3. Trey Mancini, 1B
  4. Freddy Galvis, SS
  5. Ryan Mountcastle, DH
  6. DJ Stewart, RF
  7. Maikel Franco, 3B
  8. Pedro Severino, C
  9. Pat Valaika, 2B

RHP Dean Kremer

News & Notes

  • Apparently, Gleyber Torres might not have to sit out 10 days after all. Should he clear protocols, he can return sooner. (Bryan Hoch)
  • The team had another day of negative tests, which puts them closer to being past this COVID-19 outbreak. (Erik Boland)
  • Gio Urshela sits again tonight, but his knee is doing better per Aaron Boone. He could be an option tonight. (Lindsey Adler)
  • So, how about Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield? Boone isn’t committed, but it’s under consideration. (Jack Curry)
  • Zack Britton will throw to hitters tomorrow for the first time since bone chip surgery. Additionally, Luis Severino is essentially at the start of spring training stage. He threw 96-97 MPH yesterday and mixed in sliders and changeups. (Pete Caldera)

Got all that? What a whirlwind. Still have a game to play, of course. It starts at 7:05pm eastern. You can watch on WPIX, Amazon Prime, or MLB Network (out-of-market only). WFAN and WADO has the radio call. Have a good night everyone.

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8 Comments

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    And now Stanton is out for the year. Why hasn’t this medical/training staff been fired? Every year it’s the same thing. They don’t know how to keep anyone healthy and they can’t even administer the right vaccine. Jolly ol’ Stevie Donahue is a nice guy but he’s not an athletic trainer. Dr. Ahmad is a quack. He’s probably curing Stanton with leeches as we speak.

    • Joshua McCabe

      Why are you saying Stanton is out for the year?? You know something we don’t? ?? It’s a tight Quad, nothing major.

  2. dasit

    the yankees have a crack medical staff with a long history of success so i’m sure “taking medication” will repair his wrist and surgery will not be necessary

  3. HenryKrinkle

    Don’t they have a 40-man spot open? I guess that will go to Britton in a few weeks, but they could play Gardner in CF and add Allen as the 4th. Let Florial play every day in the minors. He’s come back to Earth as expected anyway.

    Also, isn’t it his left wrist? I would think that would’ve hampered his RH swing more than his LH.

    • S

      Yeah Greg Allen seems like the most likely callup, the Yankees obviously like him since they traded for him, and it seemed in the spring like they were deciding between him and Tauchman for the last OF spot. He seems much more likely to contribute than Florial.

  4. Idaho Nuke

    Every year and the same story for the Yankees underperformance and injuries. That 5-9 looks awful.

  5. Gerreddardit Cole

    Well it’s a must win series, Bobby. You just can’t lose series to the Orioles and expect to compete for a championship. It’ll be tough to beat Means in Game 3 which makes tonight a must win. Kremer is the anti Yankee killer and exactly what this lineup needs to start hitting again. And yes, Florial absolutely needs to be up here immediately. Clint and Gardy playing together means there are two black holes instead of one and Wade is like a massive quasar which Mike Ford ate for snack.

    • dasit

      i’m enjoying the “fat yankee eats small yankee” schtick
      keep up the good work!

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