NEW YORK – New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks said he will miss the rest of the postseason after injuring his left knee in a third inning collision with rookie shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera during Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday .
Hicks underwent an MRI which revealed the injury would require a recovery time of six weeks.
“Extremely disappointing,” Hicks told reporters after hearing the news. “[This season] it’s something special and I want to be part of it. “
The Yankees defeated the Cleveland Guardians 5-1 in Tuesday’s decisive Game 5 to advance to the AL Championship Series, which begins Wednesday in Houston against seeded Astros.
With the Yankees leading 4-0 in the third inning after home runs by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, Guardians winger Steven Kwan scored a sprint over third base, which both Cabrera and Hicks tried to field in the low field. to the left.
In his attempt to capture the popup, Hicks tangled his feet and crashed his left shoulder on Cabrera’s upper body. Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Yankees head coach Tim Lentych immediately approached Hicks, who was down for several minutes. He tested his running skills before he was eliminated from the game.
Cleveland would charge the bases with an elimination against starter Nestor Cortes Jr., and catcher Austin Hedges scored on a sacrifice fly to reduce the Yankees’ 4-1 lead.
Marwin González, making his post-season debut in pinstripe, was included as a defensive substitute. González has had limited left-field experience at Yankee Stadium, with only eight appearances previously this season.
The Yankees have some versatility in their lineup to cover Hicks’ absence, most notably with DJ LeMahieu’s likely return (right foot discomfort) on the inside.
González and Cabrera both have experience on the outside field this season. Since his major league debut on August 17, Cabrera has played 37 outfield games, including three in this postseason. Fast paced Tim Locastro has also played 26 outfield games this regular season, mostly as a defensive substitute.
And Matt Carpenter, who was activated for the postseason after being out with a broken foot since August 8, also had 15 appearances for the Yankees. Carpenter, who was limited to a left-handed bat from the bench, said he feels healthy and that playing outfield could be on the table.