NEW YORK - Aaron Hicks was unavailable for the New York Yankees on Saturday, as he underwent an MRI on his ailing left shoulder that revealed a tricky diagnosis.
"He has what's called traumatic bursitis, I believe, but it's inflammation in his shoulder," Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed after the Bombers' walk-off 3-2 win over the Rays.
Hicks received a cortisone shot in the shoulder and will be withheld from baseball activities for a few days, but the team isn't sure how they will proceed with the outfielder's status in the immediate short-term.
"He received a shot today and won't do anything for four or five days," Girardi said, "so obviously, I'm sure we'll discuss what we'll do once I get back in there, whether we'll go short for a little while or do something (to make a roster move)." do we go 4-5 days short or do something.
Hicks was hurt diving for a ball in the outfield during the fourth inning of Friday night's game, and he was replaced defensively by Jacoby Ellsbury the next inning. Both he and Girardi thought it would be a day-to-day situation following that game, with no further tests were planned at that point.
"I'll wake up and see if it feels sore or not or something else and if I feel good, I'll give him a call and tell him I feel good," Hicks said after Friday's game. "I's just a little annoying, but as of right now, it feels pretty good."
Unfortunately, it didn't feel as good 12 hours later, so Hicks headed for further testing.
"When he went through the tests yesterday he went through them pretty well, so we thought we'd wait to see how he felt this morning," Girardi said Saturday morning, "and we told him if he was really sore when he woke up, we would send him for an MRI. He woke up sore today, so that's what's happening."
Hicks has appeared in 14 games this season, going just 2-for-24 (.091) at the plate but playing very strong defense, including two impressive plays in left field during Thursday's loss to Oakland.
If Hicks is to be lost for any significant amount of time, the need for a right-handed hitting outfield replacement could lead to some history; potential top choice Cesar Puello is currently on the Triple-A disabled list with a concussion, and that could help either Aaron Judge get the call to make his major-league debut or expedite Nick Swisher's return to the Bronx.