Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks and manager Aaron Boone are both hopeful the 29-year-old outfielder will return to the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday after he aggravated a hamstring injury in Game 1.
"I feel good," Hicks told reporters on Sunday. "When I woke up today, things are just going well. When I was walking around, everything felt pretty much normal."
Hicks, who hit .248 with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs in the regular season, left Friday's Game 1 with a hamstring injury and did not play in Game 2. An MRI came back clean, however the Yankees want to be cautious.
"He's been getting treatment now, feels better today, but we're not going to do much with it today," Boone said on Sunday. "I think we'll really get after it and test it out again tomorrow and kind of make a decision on it. But hopeful that he'll be able to go."
Hicks went 1-for-4 with a double in the wild-card game and 1-for-1 with a walk in Game 1 of the ALDS before he left the game in the fourth inning and was replaced by Brett Gardner.
"I've been pretty much eager to get on the field and playing these games," said Hicks, who hit .218 with five home runs and 13 RBIs against the Red Sox in the regular season. "These are meaningful games, and I want to be out there with my team."
Should the Yankees remove Hicks from the ALDS roster, he would not be eligible to return until the World Series; i.e., he would not be able to play in the ALCS.
"At worst, I feel like it's a day-to-day situation," Boone said. "So if we were going to make a move like that, then you'd potentially lose him for considerable time. I don't think we're anywhere near that."
With the ALDS moving from Fenway Park to Yankee Stadium, it gives Hicks a slight edge. He had an equal number of at-bats at home and on the road, yet his road batting line (.242/.337/.450) was lower than what he hit at home (.254/.393/.483).
"Our fans are amazing, especially in the postseason," Hicks said of the Yankee Stadium atmosphere. "I hear guys all the time say how hard it is to play here. For us to be on the other side kind of getting excited about our games and getting some energy toward playing, it just helps us play better."