New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has undergone surgery on his right UCL, expected to miss between eight and 10 months.
Hicks has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right UCL. He’s expected to miss 8-10 months. The injury to his elbow caused him to miss the final 52 games of the regular season. He didn’t return to the field until the team’s American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
The @Yankees have declined their 2020 club option for 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación.
Additionally, OF Aaron Hicks’s scheduled right UCL reconstruction surgery on Wednesday went as expected. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 31, 2019
Hicks confirmed the successful surgery via his Instagram story on Wednesday.
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After the Bombers were eliminated from the postseason, general manager Brian Cashman noted to the media that Hicks had suffered a partially torn UCL on Aug. 3. Hicks recovered in time to participate in the ALCS.
“He played great for us in the postseason obviously, but once it ended, there was a feeling of there’s something here that’s still not right,” Cashman said, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. “Then the follow-up examination … that led to the ultimate decision of we’ve got to get this thing fixed.”
In the ALCS, Hicks finished 2-for-13 with one home run and three RBIs. Hicks additionally struck out five times and was walked four times.
Hicks played in 59 games for the Yanks this year, with 58 of those games coming in center field. It was an outfield plagued with injuries to both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Judge played in 102 games this season, with Stanton only appearing in 18.