New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is expected to be ready to play by late July.
The 30-year-old outfielder is coming off Tommy John surgery, but feels he could be ready by the time baseball returns.
Hicks has reportedly been throwing at George M. Steinbrenner Field over the last few weeks. He had Tommy John surgery last October, but feels that his arm strength is at 80 percent and improving each day.
Will Hicks Be Ready By Opening Day?
The MLB is hopeful to get the baseball season started around July. Hicks is making progress and is hopeful that he can get out there and help the Yankees this season. He has been throwing up to 160 feet, hitting, and doing defensive work as well.
Often times, players will lose some arm strength after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Hicks says that his throwing is getting stronger, but he knows it will take time. He is hopeful to begin throwing at bases within the next few weeks.
Hicks was limited by injuries throughout the 2019 season. He missed some time during spring training due to lower-back issues. In early August, Hicks suffered a strained right flexor, which cost him some time as well. He returned for part of the postseason, but didn’t play well during his brief postseason stint last season.
Through 59 games, Hicks slashed .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI during the regular season. During the 2019 postseason, Hicks batted .154 (2-for-17) with a homer and 17 runs knocked in. Hicks doesn’t regret returning for the postseason, even though he needed surgery after the season.
Hicks signed a seven-year deal worth $70 million in 2019. He has been placed on the injured list 11 times throughout his career. However, Hicks has one of the strongest arms in baseball and is a key contributor in the Yankees outfield. He is coming off an injury-riddled 2019 campaign, but the Bronx Bombers would love to have him at 100 percent by Opening Day.