New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is confident enough in health to the point where he believes he can return to the team.
Hicks wasn’t with the team for their American League Division Series sweep of the Minnesota Twins, as he was rehabbing at the team’s complex in Tampa Bay.
However, things could change as far as Hicks’s role is concerned in the near future. The centerfielder spoke this week about his health and is confident he’ll be able to return to the team soon enough.
Per ESPN, Hicks mentioned that he’s “definitely ready to go out there and play.”
“That’s really what I’m getting ready for is to get back and play in the playoffs,” he added. “Get back to playing baseball.”
Hicks has gotten back to baseball activities. He’s faced live pitching and has thrown to bases. Ultimately, he’s eager to return to the team after watching them commemorate their accomplishments during his absence.
“It’s the second time that they celebrated without me, so it’s one of those things that you just want to be part of it,” Hicks said. “It is tough.”
The Yankees completed the sweep of the Twins with a 5-1 win in Minnesota on Monday night. They’ll face the winner of the Houston Astros-Tampa Bay Rays playoff series. Game 5 for that American League Division Series will begin on Thursday night at 7:07 p.m. ET.