Aaron Hicks was confident that his doctor's appointment on Monday would lead to him being able to throw again. Unfortunately, that was shot down after his consultation.
Hicks has been on the IL with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow, and he has been able to do everything but throw during his rehab process. And according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, manager Aaron Boone told reporters yesterday that Hicks still can't start throwing for another two weeks.
"Hicks is doing really well, but he's two weeks still probably from throwing," Boone said. "Because of where the flexor strain is, being close to the (ulnar collateral ligament), we just don't want to risk anything so we're going to make sure it's completely healed up and probably after another couple weeks he should be good to go."
With strain being close to Hicks' UCL, the Yankees are being extra cautious as they don't want it to have to come down to Tommy John surgery, which is used to repair a UCL. A situation like that would keep him sidelined up to this point right now next season, and the Yanks would love to avoid that.
Also, the Yankees just extended Hicks this past offseason with a seven-year, $70 million deal to make him their center fielder for the foreseeable future. Maximizing that contract is in everybody's interest, so caution is certainly the best option here.
In the meantime, it helps that players like Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman continue to play well both at the plate and in the field. The Yankees can afford Hicks staying on the IL to make sure he's 100 percent with their production staying consistent.
Hicks' season has been plagued by injury thus far, as he's played in just 59 games. In that span, he owns a .235/.325/.443 slash line with 12 homers and 36 RBI.