Why Yankees Aaron Hicks is nervous about his new injury

 nj.com  08/04/2019 10:39:00   Randy Miller | rmiller@njadvancemedia.com

NEW YORK  The throw back to the infield that center fielder Aaron Hicks made in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the Yankees doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox looked routine.

It wasnt.

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With the game tied and Sam Travis on second base with nobody out, Hicks caught a flyball hit by Christian Vasquez, then experienced soreness whipping a strong and accurate throw to third base to ensure the baserunner didnt advance.

Just a little pain in my elbow, Hicks said after the Yankees 6-4 win in Game 2.

Hicks decided to keep playing, but two innings later he realized from warm-up tosses that he was still feeling discomfort making throws while also losing arm strength

I just wasnt able to make the same throw, and throw the ball hard, Hicks said.

Hicks alerted Yankees athletic trainer Steve Donohue at that point, then left the game in the bottom of the eighth for a pinch-hitter.

The Yankees wont know the severity of the injury until Sunday when Hicks undergoes an MRI, but hes concerned.

Anything with the elbow make you nervous, but Im going to stay positive right now until we get the final decision, Hicks said. I never really had elbow problems, so I dont even know where to start. It only hurts when I throw.

This was another good day, bad day for the Yankees. They suffered two more injuries to key players, but took a pair from the Red Sox to increase their AL East lead to eight games over the second-place Tampa Bay Rays and 13 games over third-place Boston.

Before Hicks was injured, the Yankees lost slugging first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth inning of their 9-2 victory in Game 1 with a fractured left wrist that figures to be at least a three-to-four week layoff.

Incredibly, Encarnacion became the Yankees 25th player on the IL this season and the 31st stint. Hicks, who missed the Yankees first 40 games with back injury, would make 32 stints if he returns for a second time.

Its kind of crazy, Hicks said. Guys come back, somebody else goes down. Its tough, but weve been dealing with it this whole year and weve been able to still win, so its kind of a next-man-up kind of thing.

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