Cleveland’s bloops bothered the Yankees all sequence, and a remaining one proved probably the most painful.
Left fielder Aaron Hicks left Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Guardians within the deciding Sport 5 of the ALDS with a left knee damage that he mentioned will likely be season-ending. Hicks indicated he’ll miss about six weeks after colliding with shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera whereas making an attempt to catch a shallow fly ball down the left-field line in The Bronx.
Hicks was not precisely certain in regards to the prognosis, however he mentioned an MRI examination decided that his 12 months is “just about” over.
“Extraordinarily dissatisfied,” Hicks mentioned in an in any other case joyous Yankees clubhouse. “That is one thing particular, and I need to be part of it.”
With one out and a runner on first base within the third inning of a sport the Yankees led 4-0, Cleveland’s Steven Kwan hit the bloop that made Cabrera, Hicks and third baseman Josh Donaldson converge.
Aaron Hicks walks off the sphere in ache after colliding with Oswaldo Cabrera.Charles Wenzelberg / New York Submit
Cabrera seemed to be calling for the ball, which made Donaldson again off, however Hicks, charging from left subject, saved coming and appeared to have the very best angle. The 2 crashed into one another, the ball deflected off Hicks’ glove and fell for a single, and Hicks fell, too.
The sixth-year Yankee lay on the grass for a number of minutes, and upon rising, confirmed a noticeable limp. He tried to stroll off the ache, however he was pulled from the sport and changed by utility-man Marwin Gonzalez.
The hit put runners on first and second with one out, and a stroll to Amed Rosario loaded the bases. However Nestor Cortes bore down and solely allowed a run on a Jose Ramirez sacrifice fly, ending the inning with a fly out from Oscar Gonzalez.
The Yankees restricted the harm, however they encountered points in left subject all sequence. A bloop from Ramirez fell in entrance of Cabrera, then enjoying left subject, within the tenth inning of Sport 2, which arrange the Guardians’ game-winning rally. Within the third inning of Sport 4, Hicks didn’t go all-out chasing a bloop to shallow left subject that fell for a Ramirez RBI single, simply out of the attain of a diving Donaldson.
Aaron Hicks collides with Oswaldo Cabrera.Robert Sabo
Hicks, who went 0-for-3 with a stroll within the sequence, was solely enjoying due to the pronounced struggles of Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Yankees benched the shortstop after he had a number of misplays within the Sport 3 defeat, which led to supervisor Aaron Boone saying Kiner-Falefa was “urgent.”
So Cabrera was moved from left subject to shortstop, and Hicks — who hit simply .216 with eight house runs this season — grew to become the beginning left fielder over Gonzalez or pinch-runner Tim Locastro.
Boone has not wished to belief Giancarlo Stanton’s Achilles and talent in left subject or the foot Matt Carpenter fractured in August.
With the Hicks damage — and Andrew Benintendi (wrist) unlikely to be on the roster — that would change within the ALCS.
“We’ll see,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned about Stanton enjoying left. “We’ll have that dialog. Probably.”