|Bats / Throws||Both / Right|
|Date of Birth||10/2/1989|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 202 lbs|
|From||San Pedro, CA|
|Drafted||2008 - Rd 1|
Hicks went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs in the Yankees' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
Hicks chipped in on a big day for the Yankees offense with a three-run long ball off Aaron Sanchez in the fifth inning for his fifth homer of the season. He still has yet to really get going since returning from the injured list, as Hicks is slashing .204/.305/.372 through 113 at-bats. This was his first long ball since June 7, so perhaps it gets him rolling at the dish.
Hicks (shoulder) will start in center field and bat sixth Saturday against the Astros, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
After missing the previous two games due to right shoulder inflammation, Hicks received the green light to rejoin the lineup when he woke up Saturday without any soreness. With his cortisone shot having provided the desired effect, Hicks should be ready to handle an everyday role heading into the upcoming week.
Hicks is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Astros due to right shoulder inflammation, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Hicks sat out Thursday's game due to the issue but doesn't plan to go on the injured list since an MRI revealed nothing more than the inflammation. He also received a cortisone shot and expects to rejoin the lineup Saturday. The 29-year-old has apparently been battling the issue for a week and a half, which could help explain his 3-for-34 slump over his past nine games. Brett Gardner is starting in center field Friday while Cameron Maybin grabs the start in left.
Hicks is not in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.
Hicks is in a rough patch at the plate, hitting .132 with one home run and one steal in his last 10 games. However, his strikeout rate (20.5 percent) and walk rate (13.6 percent) are still favorable over that span, so he should snap out of things soon. Cameron Maybin and Brett Gardner will start alongside Giancarlo Stanton.
Hicks is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
The Yankees are likely just giving Hicks a maintenance day after he started in each of the team's last nine games and hit only .188 over that stretch. Despite his lackluster production since returning from the injured list in mid-May, Hicks is the likeliest candidate among the Yankees' outfielders to retain a full-time role once Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) and Aaron Judge (oblique) are back in action, thanks to his often elite defense. Stanton is on track to return from the IL on Tuesday, while Judge's reinstatement could come days later.