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Aaron Hicks sidelined several more weeks


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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”