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Yankees place Aaron Hicks on disabled list with intercostal muscle strain

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The New York Yankees just announced that they have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain. They have called up outfielder Billy McKinney from Scranton to take his place on the roster.

Hicks went 2-for-4 in yesterday’s opener in Toronto. He was not reported to have been hurt during or immediately after the game — the pic above was taken after the final out, so he felt decent enough then, it seems — so it’s unclear when he sustained the injury. An intercostal strain is a strain of the muscles in the ribs. It could’ve happened on a swing. It may not have gotten sore until hours after the game or even this morning.

Hicks joins outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, who has a right oblique strain, and Clint Frazier, who has a concussion on the Yankees’ DL. One game in and outfield depth is already a problem. In the meantime, Aaron Boone could slide Brett Gardner over from left field to center and move Giancarlo Stanton out of the DH slot and into left field. Guess we’ll know at game time.

Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.

Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.

That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.

The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.

It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.