Another big-name Yankee will be watching Opening Day from the Stadium suites.
Aaron Hicks won’t be ready to go for his team’s 2019 debut on March 28, ESPN reported Sunday, citing the back injury that has plagued the center fielder for the majority of spring. A team source confirmed the update to the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.
Hicks, who signed a seven-year, $70 million extension over the offseason, told the outlet he expects to be back for the second series of the season versus Detroit, which begins April 1. He also said he received a second cortisone shot on Sunday.
Brett Gardner will likely shift over to Hicks’ spot, with Giancarlo Stanton — the team’s DH — manning the corners alongside Aaron Judge.
The development is the latest blow to a Yankees roster already hampered by injuries, as Luis Severino is also slated to miss his Opening Day start due to right rotator cuff inflammation. The ace isn’t expected back until at least May.
“We’re getting close to that point where it’s going to be cutting it real close. It’ll be a decision,” manager Aaron Boone said of Hicks Saturday. “I feel pretty good about the fact that he’ll probably be ready by Opening Day, but there’s going to be a point where he needs to get the proper reps and built up, not just jam a bunch of at-bats down him.”