TORONTO — The injury bug continues to hit the Yankees.
Center fielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game with a right intercostal muscle strain. It’s a Grade I strain, according to Brian Cashman, which could mean he’s out 2-3 weeks, based on MLB.com’s typical projection of time missed due to that injury.
Outfielder Billy McKinney has been recalled from Triple-A.
Hicks, who was limited to just 88 games last season due to injury, went 2-for-4 on Opening Day against the Blue Jays, playing the entire game.
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Brett Gardner will presumably move over to center, but Giancarlo Stanton probably won’t move over to left. Stanton struggled during his spring training debut in left field and couldn’t come up with the three balls hit to him, but since he’s looked more comfortable.
Jacoby Ellsbury is currently rehabbing from a right oblique strain that sidelined him for nearly all of the spring, but he is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. Cashman said it’s unknown if Ellsbury will be able to return at that point.
Clint Frazier is on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The Yankees already aMcKinney, 23, will make his MLB debut on Friday night, batting seventh and playing left. He was acquired by the Yankees when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. The 2013 first-round pick hit .167 with five homers during the spring.
Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman both said their biggest concern going into the season was health. Last season, the Bombers lost Didi Gregorius before the World Baseball Classic and Gary Sanchez in the first week. They were able to thrive in the early-going despite both being hurt.
Yankees lineup on Friday:
1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Aaron Judge RF
3. Giancarlo Stanton DH
4. Didi Gregorius SS
5. Gary Sanchez C
6. Neil Walker 1B
7. Billy McKinney LF
8. Brandon Drury 3B
9. Tyler Wade 2B\
SP Masahiro Tanaka re without Greg Bird after he underwent right ankle surgery. Bird will miss the next 6-8 weeks.
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