Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks was out of Tuesday's lineup against the Braves because of back stiffness. Hicks was expected to be in Tuesday's lineup after not playing in either of the Yankees' split-squad games on Sunday.
According to MLB.com's Brian Hoch, Hicks said Tuesday he won't resume taking batting practice or appearing in games for several more days and is still feeling pain in his lower back, but his MRI revealed no concerns.
The 29-year-old, who was recently rewarded with a seven-year, $70 million contract, has dealt with various injury problems in the past, including oblique and intercostal issues.
Hicks set career-highs last season with 27 home runs, 79 RBI, 90 walks, 119 hits and 90 runs scored.