UPDATE (4:21 p.m. EDT)

The Yankees have announced that Aaron Hicks left the game due to right oblique tightness. He will undergo an MRI.

Original story

Aaron Hicks was removed from Sunday’s matchup with the Texas Rangers with an undisclosed injury.

Hicks went 1-for-2 before his removal, which came after he covered a lot of ground to track down a Jonathan Lucroy line drive. Mason Williams took over in center field, Tyler Austin moved to right field and Austin Romine entered in Hicks’s spot at first base.

Hicks has been in a bit of a slide recently, going 2-for-26 (.083) heading into today’s game. He sat out three games of the west coast road trip with an Achilles injury. He was able to return after a Yankee off-day, but seemed not to be at 100% both in the field and at the plate.

At this point, Jacoby Ellsbury is the most likely candidate to replace Hicks if the injury is bad. Ellsbury has been playing rehab games for AAA Scranton since he passed his concussion test. He has missed more than a month since suffering the injury at the end of May.

The only other players on the 40-man roster with outfield experience are Rob Refsnyder and Jorge Mateo, though the latter has never played above Class-A Advanced.


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