Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was removed from Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday after sustaining another bout of hamstring tightness, per a team announcement. A timetable for his return to the lineup has not yet been revealed, but as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch pointed out, the Yankees will not be able to replace Hicks on their current playoff roster if they want to retain him for the ALCS.
In the fourth inning, Hicks struck a leadoff single into right field, then pulled up to first base with what appeared to be a right leg injury. After a routine examination by manager Aaron Boone and a team trainer, Hicks left the field and was replaced by pinch-runner Brett Gardner. Didi Gregorius advanced Gardner on another single, but both were left stranded as Boston lefty Chris Sale retired the side with his third and final strikeout of the inning.
This isn’t the first time Hicks has suffered hamstring issues. In late September, the 29-year-old center fielder was laid up for three days with a hamstring strain in his left leg, though he appeared to make a quick and complete recovery several days before the end of the regular season.
Gardner assumed Hicks’ spot in center field at the top of the fifth inning and plated a run in the sixth on Luke Voit‘s RBI single. The Yankees currently trail the Red Sox 5-2 in the seventh.
Lineups come out every day and I look at them every day and I give very little thought to them as long as they include the sorts of players who are appropriate to the game.
On Opening Day everyone important should be playing. Between then and the last day of the season it can be almost anyone depending on health and how much rest they need. In the playoffs it should be the best possible players once again, adjusted for platoon stuff. Usually it all washes by. Managers, our criticisms of them notwithstanding, tend to be pretty good at their jobs.
The Dodgers lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS caught my eye, though, because I can’t remember ever seeing a lineup in which the players were listed, basically, in defensive order. Really, with the exception of the catcher not batting first, have you ever seen a lineup with the defensive positions arranged like this? I haven’t. It’s fun, though!
1. David Freese (R) 1B
2. Max Muncy (L) 2B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Chris Taylor (R) LF
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P
For the Brewers, things are a bit more conventional. Kudos to Craig Counsell for not putting an askterisk or a question mark next to Wade Miley, though, which I presume means he’ll last for more than one batter:
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (L) P
Is it the last Brewers lineup of the season? Tune in tonight to find out.