Aaron Hicks’ elbow still a Yankees issue: ‘Don’t really feel 100 percent’
It has been more than a year since Aaron Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and the outfielder said even now, he’s not back to his old self.
“I still don’t really feel 100 percent,’’ Hicks said Thursday on the YES Network’s “Yankees Hot Stove” show.
The outfielder said his strength has improved, but “I still kind of don’t feel the same.”
He underwent the surgery in October 2019 and was able to return for the 2020 season after the delayed start caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 31-year-old had a solid season, although he hit just .225 and his power numbers were down.
Hicks said he has yet to begin his offseason throwing program. Hicks will be an integral part of a Yankees outfield that has some question marks, with the injury-prone Hicks in center, Aaron Judge — who has had his share of health issues in right — and uncertainty in left.
Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman could vie for time, and Brett Gardner is still available after the Yankees declined his team option and gave him a $2.5 million buyout.
Hicks, a switch-hitter, provides the Yankees one of their lone left-handed bats and when healthy, remains productive.
He’s under contract for five more seasons before the Yankees have an option.