Yankees’ Aaron Hicks to have Tommy John surgery, out 8-10 months
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has been adamant about avoiding Tommy John Surgery, putting it off earlier in the season and deciding to rehab instead. And while that did allow Hicks to return for the ALCS, it put him at risk of missing the 2020 season if an injury reoccurred.
“It was to a point where I got my second opinion and it was the worst thing to hear,” Hicks said following Game 5. “To hear you’re going to have Tommy John and your season is going to end is something that isn’t what you want to hear … I wouldn’t be here (if I didn’t rehab the injury). I wouldn’t have this opportunity to play in the postseason, and grind and try to win with my team.”
Earlier this week, Hicks again said he would forego Tommy John Surgery, but that stubbornness has apparently run him into a wall.
While speaking with the media on Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that Hicks does, in fact, need Tommy Johnson Surgery and will miss 8-10 months following his procedure on October 30.
According to Brian Cashman – Aaron Hicks will have Tommy John surgery October 30th and will miss 8-10 months! #Yankees
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) October 24, 2019
The Yankees surprised many when they signed Hicks to a lengthy seven-year, $70 million contract in February and part of the reason for that surprise was his history of injury. Almost fittingly, New York will now be without their starting outfielder for the vast majority of the 2020 season.