Prior to Monday night’s game, the Yankees announced that they have activated Aaron Hicks off the Injured List. Hicks batting leadoff as the Bronx Bombers begin a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.
Hicks, 29, was a major contributor to the Yankees offense during the 2018 season. In 137 games, the switch-hitting center fielder posted a career-high in home runs (27), RBIs (79) and walks (90). After his breakout season, the Yankees signed Hicks to a seven-year contract extension.
Unfortunately, Hicks was among a handful of Yankees who have been sidelined this season due to injury. Luckily for the Yankees, the team has been able to hold its own, as they are currently just a half-game out of first place in the American League East.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tauchman was acquired via trade just prior to the start of the 2019 season, and has appeared in 32 games this season. Over 89 at-bats, the left-handed hitting outfielder has posted a slash line of .213/.314/.427.
Additionally, the Yankees announced that Jonathan Loaisiga was placed on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain. Chance Adams will come up as the corresponding move.
The Yankees have: – Returned OF Aaron Hicks from rehab & reinstated him from the 10-day IL. – Placed RHP Jonathan Loaisiga on the 10-day IL (retroactive to 5/10) with a right shoulder strain. – Recalled RHP Chance Adams (#35) from @swbrailriders.