KANSAS CITY — Aaron Hicks was again with the staff and within the lineup Friday night time, after a whirlwind journey residence for the beginning of his son. The centerfielder and his spouse Cheyenne Woods welcomed a son, Cameron, on Tuesday morning.
“She’s doing very nicely. Yeah, her and Cameron are doing nicely. She is simply recovering now. Simply at residence,” Hicks mentioned. “, we’ve received a whole lot of household there in Arizona. In order that’s why we selected to have her give beginning there.”
Hicks was hitting sixth Friday night time for the sequence opener towards the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
“It’s positively good getting him again, joyful for him that every part’s going nicely with the household,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned. “I imply, he’s clearly off to a reasonably good begin for us. And that switch-hitting presence that he creates is unquestionably good. So good to have him again.”
Hicks is off to a very good begin after lacking time with accidents the previous few years. Hicks is slashing .273/.377/.341 with a .718 OPS.
Cameron Hicks weighed eight kilos and was 20 inches lengthy, his father mentioned.
Miguel Andujar received known as up on Monday when Hicks went on paternity go away, however has but to get right into a sport. Boone mentioned it’s a very good downside to have, however he simply can’t discover a spot for Andujar.
“I nearly performed him as we speak. I wish to get him in there. I feel he’s in the very best place. He’s been in a few years. So I don’t like not having him in there, however clearly, it’s slightly little bit of a problem proper now,” Boone mentioned.
The Yankees optioned Ron Marinaccio Triple-AAA to make room on the roster to deliver again Hicks after the best hander pitched in Thursday’s win over the Orioles. That meant he wouldn’t be accessible Friday, so the Yankees determined to maintain Andujar as an additional place participant. However the Yankees should make two extra cuts earlier than Monday, when the rosters go from 28 gamers, an lodging for the lockout-shortened spring coaching, to the conventional 26.
In 13 video games in Triple-A this season, Andujar has slashed .347/.396/.551 with three homers and 6 RBI. He has performed left area and third base.
The Dominican native had an enormous offensive season as a rookie in 2018, batting .297/.328/.527 with an .855 OPS with 47 doubles, 27 homers and 92 RBI. He completed as a runner-up to Shohei Ohtani within the Rookie of the Yr voting.
After which he injured his shoulder, the Yankees introduced up Gio Urshela to be their on a regular basis third baseman and Andujar was left searching for a spot.
That clearly affected his offense.
Since that breakout rookie season, Andujar has hit .228 with seven homers and 18 RBI in 78 video games from 2019 to final season.
Boone mentioned he weighed getting Andujar some at-bats, however wanted to get others some too.
“Desirous to get different guys into which I really feel like is an efficient downside to have proper now that we’ve actually good choices every single day,” Boone mentioned when requested what stopped him from enjoying Andujar.
Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson have been out of the lineup Friday for a relaxation day and Aaron Choose was the designated hitter. Boone had Tim Locastro beginning in left and Giancarlo Stanton in proper.
Boone laughed off the viral video exhibiting Gerrit Cole in his final begin with a darkish patch on his proper bottom, which some have been insinuating was proof that he was utilizing sticky stuff.
“It’s Gerrit Cole, it’s the Yankees. It’s a lot a lot ado about nothing,” Boone mentioned. “You get soiled. Guys have ticks, contact themselves.”
Cole, who’s scheduled to begin Saturday towards the Royals, had his palms checked by umpires for unlawful sticky stuff through the begin and nothing was discovered.