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Aaron Hicks to begin season on injured list

The “injury bug” has been an ongoing issue for the New York Yankees as they prepare for the 2019 season.

On Sunday morning, it was determined that another key Yankee will not be available come Opening Day.

According to Coley Harvey of ESPN, center fielder Aaron Hicks will begin the season on the Injured List. Hicks, who recently signed a seven-year, $70MM extension, has been sidelined due to a lower back injury.

When Hicks first suffered the injury, there was still hope that the switch-hitting outfielder could be available come Opening Day. After previously receiving a cortisone shot for the injury, the Yankees medical staff determined on Saturday that Hicks would need an additional shot to help the treatment. According to reports, Hicks received the second cortisone shot earlier this morning.

Aaron Boone spoke to reporters and said that the organization is being aggressive, but yet also cautious, in regards to Hicks’ back treatment. Boone believes that Hicks would have been able to play through the injury if the team was in the middle part of the regular season.

Although he will begin the season on the injured list, there is hope that Hicks will not miss an extended period of time. If the Yankees decided to backdate his injury, it is possible that the 29-year-old could be back on the field in time for the team’s second series of the season against the Detroit Tigers.

Along with the absence of Hicks, the Yankees are set to begin the season without some other key contributors, including Luis Severino and CC Sabathia. Top prospect Estevan Florial is now set to miss time, as the 21-year-old suffered a non-displaced right wrist fracture during yesterday’s spring training action.

As the season edges closer, the Yankees are hoping that the injury bug stops haunting the organization.

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