New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks is Ready to go

Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Had the 2020 MLB season started on time, the New York Yankees would have been without Aaron Hicks, but that is no longer the case.

The story of the 2019 New York Yankees was their injury woes, and in 2020 it didn’t appear like it was going to be much different. With Luis Severino set to miss the entire season thanks to Tommy John Surgery, James Paxton out until July, question marks surrounding Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks out until July as well, the Yankees weren’t going to be in a great position.

NOW, the Yankees have a much different scenario, and would likely be fully healthy with the exception of Luis Severino entering the 2020 season, should there be one.

According to George A. King III and The New York Post, the Yankees’ center fielder would “be ready to play” if the 2020 MLB season ever gets underway.

Hicks has reportedly been hitting and fielding down at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, for the past couple weeks.

"“I am doing really well. I am up to 160 feet throwing, taking BP on the field and doing defensive work. I get better and better [throwing] every day and every week. The throwing gets stronger. It is definitely coming. It comes in its own ways when it wants to. I am not too far off. I will throw to bases coming up here pretty soon, think next week. My arm feels great.’’via The New York Post"

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Hicks, like pitcher Luis Severino, underwent Tommy John Surgery back in October after the Astros eliminated the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees were going to enter the 2020 season expecting to be without their center fielder for around half the season, but thankfully that is no longer the case.

Getting Hicks back is huge, and if he were to play alongside Aaron Judge and a fully healthy outfield, the Yankees would be in a perfect position for the shortened 2020 season.

Hicks played in only 59 games in 2019 but still managed to hit 12 home runs, bring in 36 RBIs and he held a .235 batting average as well. Not only did he hold his own at the plate, but he is also a great defensive player and he helps the Yankees exponentially there.

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This being said, having Aaron Hicks back is HUGE for the New York Yankees, and if the 2020 MLB season does end up being played, the Yankees would be in a much better position with the addition of their starting center fielder.