Injuries Just Piling Up For New York, Which Has Lost 10 Of 12 And Its Lead In The AL East

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees have lost one outfielder but are welcoming the return of another.

The team placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list Monday and activated center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Hicks injured his ribcage on the right side during a check swing in the first inning Sunday. He was removed from a 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers before the fifth inning. He was told his recovery would take three to four weeks.

Hicks was 1-for-2 in the game, lifting his average this season to .290 with a .398 on-base percentage. He has 10 home runs and 37 RBIs, and general manager Brian Cashman has said he should be an All-Star candidate.

“It’s very frustrating,” Hicks said. “I want to be out there battling with my team. Now I can’t do that.”

Aaron Hicks

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks connects on a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2017. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Ellsbury is returning from the seven-day concussion disabled list. He had been out since May 24 after banging his head into the center field wall while catching a fly ball against Kansas City. Ellsbury played his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a double as the designated hitter.

New York was also without second baseman Starlin Castro, who got a shot in his wrist Saturday. Manager Joe Girardi said the wrist has bothered Castro for six weeks, but added that it’s “not a serious injury.”

“We said, let’s get (the shot) because you’ll get more than 24 hours (rest) in a sense, going from a day game to a night game,” Girardi said.

Castro echoed that he’s not worried about missing extended time.

“It’s not an issue,” he said. “I want to be in the game every day. We decided to take the shot to get ready. Today I feel really good, and tomorrow I’ll be ready to play.”

The injuries are piling up. Designated hitter Matt Holliday was held out of the lineup Sunday due to issues stemming from an allergic reaction he had in Oakland on June 17, and left-hander CC Sabathia and first baseman Greg Bird are also still out.

Sabathia threw a 35-pitch bullpen Sunday, his first since going on the disabled list June 15 with a left hamstring issue, and Greg Bird ran on the field for the first time since a setback to his right ankle injury during a minor league rehab stint.

New York has lost 10 of 12 since reaching a season-high 15 games over .500. The Yankees are tied atop the AL East with the Boston Red Sox.

“You worry about the injuries,” Girardi said. “But you’ve got to keep it in perspective. It’s a two-week period. We’re still tied for first place. We had a pretty tough two weeks. We’re still in a good spot. We need to turn it around. We need to get some things straightened out.”

The Yankees also announced Monday they have optioned left-hander Tyler Webb and outfielder Mason Williams to Scranton and recalled utilityman Rob Refsnyder and right-hander Ronald Herrera.

The Yankees open a four-game series on the road against the White Sox on Monday night.

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