Aaron Hicks underwent an MRI after being replaced defensively to start the seventh inning due to tightness in his left oblique.
Hicks suffered the injury while making a catch in center field off Hanley Ramirez’s lined shot to end the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury came in to replace him in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The 28-year-old Hicks missed 39 games earlier this season due to a right oblique strain.
“I just got the report that he felt something, and he’s in an MRI tube,” said Joe Girardi, who didn’t have the results at the time he spoke to reporters.
Hicks has hit .207 in 22 games since returning to the lineup on Aug. 10 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
Ellsbury could find himself back in a significant role if Hicks is forced to miss time again.
The plan has been for rookie outfielder Clint Frazier (oblique) to do a minor-league playoff rehab stint during the Yankees’upcoming 10-game roadtrip, which begins Monday in Baltimore.
Others capable of playing outfield on the 40-man roster include Tyler Wade, Tyler Austin and utility man Ronald Torreyes.
Joe Girardi didn’t have any clarity on the pending suspensions for Gary Sanchez (four games) and Austin Romine (two games). Their hearings were still being scheduled as of Friday, as settlement talks were ongoing between MLB and the Players’ Association. The appeals presumably won’t happen until after Labor Day.
“Yeah, it would have been somewhat difficult,” Joe Girardi said of not having them for the Red Sox series. “A lot of guys wait until they come to New York to have their hearings, so sometimes it can take a while. Being in New York I think you’re at a disadvantage sometimes. We’ve been able to get through it, but it’s been difficult losing your 1 and 2 catchers.”
Their suspensions are going to be staggered. The Yankees brought in 37-year-old veteran Erik Kratz from Cleveland for depth.
Dellin Betances struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth in a non-save situation. Betances has allowed three earned runs in 22.2 second-half innings.