TAMPA — Friday was the first time the Yankees admitted there is a chance that center fielder Aaron Hicks might not be ready for Opening Day and that ace Luis Severino will likely miss the first month.
Brian Cashman said that time is running short for Hicks, who has been out of the lineup the last two weeks with a stiff lower back and soreness.
The GM was not optimistic that Hicks, who had a cortisone shot in his lower right back on Monday, would be ready for the March 28 opener against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
Hicks has not resumed baseball activities, but said that he could possibly be ready if he continues to progress without setback.
“Right now, it feels great. We’re starting to get things amped up more and more every single day as far as my cardio and doing stuff like that. Everything’s been going great. If I staying pretty steady with what the way I am going now I’m not too worried about it now,” Hicks said. “If a hiccup happens, then it’s going to be tough.”
The news on Severino was not that surprising, because of the timing to get pitchers ready for the season. After being shut down with right rotator cuff inflammation, the 24-year old ace was shut down from throwing for two weeks. He will basically have to start spring training over at that point. He is scheduled to begin playing catch next week.
Severino said that he had expected to miss April after being shut down and receiving a cortisone shot.
“Yeah, of course, I have been out for two weeks and have to go back on track,” Severino said. “I think maybe I have to do BPs, bullpen and stuff like that and then build my innings back up.”