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Aaron Hicks sidelined several more weeks

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In early August Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right flexor strain. Over the past several weeks the Yankees have been waiting to determine if Hicks needs Tommy John surgery or, alternatively, he’ll be able to avoid it.

They’re still waiting. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported this morning that Hicks was given a recommendation to rest for a few more weeks before a final determination is made. Even if Hicks avoids surgery, all this time off means that, for all practical purposes, his season is over, as he’d not have time to ramp back up to game condition in time for even the postseason. If he does have surgery, at least the first part of the 2020 season will be lost.

It was a lost 2019 too, really. Hicks has appeared in only 59 games, hitting .235/.325/.443 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 255 plate appearances. Hicks inked a seven-year, $70 million contract extension with the Yankees back in February.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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