The Yankees placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday after he strained his left oblique in Saturday's win over the Boston Red Sox.
Hicks suffered the injury when he chased down a ball hit by Hanley Ramirez deep to center field in the top of the sixth inning. When the top of the seventh came around, OF Jacoby Ellsbury took his place in center field.
The 27-year-old Hicks, who suffered a right oblique strain in late June that forced him to miss 39 games, was hitting .268 with 13 homers and 48 RBI entering this season.
Hicks just got back from a long absence due to a strain of the right oblique. His injury is a relative blow to the squad as Hicks has the potential to be a difference maker when he is in the field or at the plate.
Hicks has been slumping since his return (.220 in 82 at-bats through Saturday's game), however his immediate replacement, Ellsbury has fared well in a limited role due to Hicks' emergence. It is possible that Ellsbury holds down the fort alone until Clint Frazier makes his return as soon as next week. At that point there could be a timeshare depending on Ellsbury's performance and of course, Hicks' availability.