New York Yankees centerfielder Aaron Hicks is back taking batting practice in anticipation of his big return on Monday.

Robby Sabo

The prodigal centerfielder has returned.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was spotted taking batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

After tearing up extended spring training, Hicks is on the verge of rejoining the club after sitting out the entire 2019 season with a back injury.


According to Randy Miller of NJ.com, the plan is to have Hicks play a few games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this weekend prior to his activation on Monday when the Yankees welcome in the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game set.

“The swing feels good,” Hicks said. “I’m just barely missing pitches. Now I get to go to Scranton and have three more games there and kind of get my swing going.”

Hicks, 29, enjoyed a career year with the Bombers in 2018. The seven-year big-league vet smacked 27 home runs and 79 runs batted in while hitting .248 in 137 games. His big issue has always surrounded health. Only twice has Hicks surpassed the 100 games played mark.

“For me, it’s something where I can get more swings,” Hicks said. “I felt like I needed more swings to get going. That’s where we’re at now.

“It’s awesome,” Hicks said. “I spent way too much time in Tampa. I’m definitely tired of Tampa now. It feels good to be out of there and heading towards the right direction to joining the team again.”

The New York Yankees, without Aaron Hicks, currently lead the Seattle Mariners 1-0 in the seventh inning.

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