Aaron Hicks wondering about his Yankees future

MILWAUKEE — With his taking part in time already down in the midst of a tough season, Aaron Hicks is conscious he could also be within the Yankees lineup even much less as soon as Harrison Bader, who was acquired from St. Louis on the commerce deadline for Jordan Montgomery is wholesome and taking part in, which might be as quickly as Tuesday.

“I anticipate [Bader] to return in and begin taking part in daily, as he ought to,” Hicks mentioned Saturday. “He bought traded right here to assist us win. We want him to be himself to win a World Series. When I get alternatives, I’ll attempt to take advantage of them, however it’s extraordinarily exhausting after I play a recreation after which I’m off for 3 days and now there’s one other outfielder on the market.”

Hicks, who has three years and $30 million left on his contract, was benched when he misplayed a pair of fly balls in the course of the Yankees’ final homestand, when followers started chanting “Joey Gallo” at him. Hicks acknowledged the chance that it is likely to be higher if he performs some other place subsequent season.

Asked if he could make it work in New York, Hicks mentioned: “I do not know. The Yankees are gonna should decide and I’ll watch for no matter occurs. It’s not likely my name.”

Aaron Hicks hits a broken-bat single within the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Brewers.
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But he has seen how Gallo has had some improved outcomes after being traded to the Dodgers following his disastrous stint with the Yankees.

“Joey began to play higher with the Dodgers and I noticed on [a] that podcast [Los Angeles manager] Dave Roberts performed an enormous a part of that, with him desirous to get probably the most out of his gamers,” Hicks mentioned.

“As of proper now, I really feel the extra I play, the higher I’m gonna play. That’s not what is going on on proper now. Things are robust in New York. I haven’t got a solution. If they really feel this is not the suitable match for me, that is their name. If I do go to a different staff, I do know I can assist them win.”

After a two-hit evening on Friday, Hicks wasn’t within the lineup Saturday, however changed the injured Marwin Gonzalez within the third inning and went 1-for-3 within the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Brewers.

Manager Aaron Boone mentioned he hasn’t dominated out Hicks taking part in a task down the stretch.

“I hope he can proceed to construct momentum on the backside of the order,” Boone mentioned. “He might be an important participant for us now and into the playoffs. The extra we will get him rolling and provides us a very good choice there, the higher.”

But Boone additionally mentioned Bader’s presence might minimize down on Hicks’ time extra.

“Maybe,” Boone mentioned. “We’ll see.”

In the meantime, Hicks is already wanting in the direction of the offseason, when he’ll look to placed on extra weight, since his efforts to develop into slimmer and sooner coming off season-ending wrist surgical procedure final yr backfired.

“I wished to get sooner and wholesome, however me taking part in at 200 kilos is not it,” Hicks mentioned. “I have not been impacting the ball like I wished to. It’s actually proven, with my energy down. I wished to be faster and it did not work out that means.”

Aroldis Chapman returned from the injured checklist and tossed a scoreless seventh inning after strolling Luis Urias on 4 pitches to open the inning. The left-hander will attempt to regain his kind earlier than the playoffs to get again to the again finish of the bullpen.

Anthony Rizzo is predicted to return from the IL on Sunday after lacking time, first with decrease again tightness after which complications that adopted an epidural to handle his again points.

Boone mentioned the primary baseman simply needed to get by means of his work on Saturday with none setbacks. The Yankees opted to not have Rizzo play in any minor league rehab video games earlier than returning.

“I believe we’re all comfy with him getting again in there,” Boone mentioned.

DJ LeMahieu (proper toe irritation) could return on the upcoming homestand, in line with Boone.

Gonzalez was faraway from a recreation for a second straight evening. Leading off the highest of the third, he was inadvertently drilled within the aspect of the top on a throw again to the pitcher by catcher Victor Caratini.

After being checked on by Boone and the coaching employees, Gonzalez was changed by Hicks for the at-bat.

“He bought me fairly good,” Gonzalez mentioned. “He was distracted, speaking to me and throwing the ball again.”

That got here after Gonzalez left the sport Friday with dizziness, the reason for which Boone mentioned was not decided. Oswaldo Cabrera moved from proper discipline to first base to interchange Gonzalez on protection each nights.

Jose Trevino was additionally OK after struggling a contusion on his proper knee that compelled him from the sport Friday, however Boone already deliberate on having Kyle Higashioka within the lineup Saturday. He additionally had Oswald Peraza penciled in to begin at shortstop Saturday earlier than Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s pricey error on Friday evening.

Right-hander Stephen Ridings (again) pitched a scoreless inning with Double-A Somerset in his first rehab look.

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