HOUSTON — The Yankees will have some new — but familiar — faces when they begin the ALCS Saturday night against the Astros, as both Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia were put on the 25-man roster.
Hicks overcame a flexor strain to make it back after being out since Aug. 3, while Sabathia — in his final season — recovered from a shoulder injury that required a cortisone shot and forced him to miss the ALDS.
Luke Voit and Tyler Wade were left off to make room for the two veterans, and since the Yankees had to activate Hicks from the 60-day IL, they designated right-hander David Hale for assignment.
How Hicks and Sabathia are used remains to be seen, as Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman have said Hicks could start or come off the bench.
Its possible hell be a late-inning defensive replacement for Giancarlo Stanton.
If Hicks starts in center, Stanton likely will shift from left field to DH, with Brett Gardner sliding over to left. That likely would leave Edwin Encarnacion at first base, DJ LeMahieu at third and Gio Urshela on the bench.
Sabathia, coming off the first regular season relief outing of his career — in addition to one other in the 2011 playoffs — could be used as a multi-inning reliever or against particular lefties.