The decision to undergo wrist surgery in May ended Aaron Hicks’ season, but given how the Yankees center fielder was feeling before the operation — and how long his wrist issues had lingered — it wasn’t much of a decision at all.
Hicks, speaking Wednesday for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn sheath in his left wrist, said he had been dealing with wrist issues off and on for three years, but is hopeful finally having it taken care of will put an end to them.
“I literally couldn’t even hold anything,” Hicks said at Yankee Stadium, where he rejoined the Yankees before their 10-3 win over the Orioles, while wearing a brace on his left wrist. “So it was a pretty easy decision, especially with all the inflammation I had. It was hard to just do simple things at the beginning. Once the inflammation went down, I was able to get the mobility back and do things like that. But as soon as I tried to start hitting, it started acting up again.”
Hicks said he is still working on getting mobility back in his wrist during a slow rehab process, but expects to have a normal offseason as he regains his strength.
Hicks, who was batting just .194 with a .627 OPS this season before undergoing surgery, has played in just 145 games since signing a seven-year, $70 million extension before the 2019 season.
“It definitely sucks,” Hicks said. “Especially since at the beginning of the year, I was pretty confident. … I just want to play. I just want to be out there and compete with my team and help them win.”
Luis Gil has earned himself another MLB start.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who threw six shutout innings Tuesday in his big league debut, filling in for Gerrit Cole (COVID-19), will start again Sunday against the Mariners in The Bronx.
“What stood out is the strike throwing,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The stuff is real. The fastball’s got a chance to be special. But his ability to land his secondary pitches routinely throughout the outing allowed him to be pitch-efficient.”
The Yankees optioned Gil back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Tuesday’s start, but because he was called up as a replacement player for Cole, he is eligible to be recalled again before waiting the normal 10 days.
Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery, groin strain), who began a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Somerset, likely will have at least two more starts before rejoining the Yankees, Boone said. Severino is scheduled to make his next rehab start Sunday, when he will throw about 50-55 pitches.
The Yankees added outfielder Jonathan Davis to their active roster Wednesday, a day after claiming him off waivers from the Blue Jays. He pinch ran for Kyle Higashioka in the seventh inning and scored before singling in the eighth.
“A guy we’ve liked,” Boone said. “Really just trying to fortify and add some depth. As a right-handed hitter, can play all three outfield positions and really run.”
After the game, the Yankees sent Greg Allen to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The outfielder was hitting .270 with five steals in 15 games since getting called up during the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak after the All-Star break.