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Yankees activate Aaron Hicks from Injured List

After missing the first 40 games of the 2019 season due to a back injury, Aaron Hicks is ready to return to the Bronx.

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.