Yankees’ Hicks set for season debut as Orioles visit

While the New York Yankees are anticipating the returns of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton from injuries, they can look forward to the imminent return of Aaron Hicks.

Hicks is expected to be activated off the injured list and make his season debut Monday night when the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Hicks will be playing his first game after getting a seven-year, $70 million contract extension in February. He injured his back during batting practice on March 1 and slowly progressed before appearing in five minor league rehab games.

The Yankees will be hoping to get the version of Hicks they saw last season. He set career highs with 27 homers and 79 RBIs while batting .248. He played in a career-high 137 games last season, but injuries have been a theme. Hicks has been on the injured list in each of his seven seasons, with 10 total stints on the injured list.

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Hicks will be rejoining a team that has survived his absence, Stanton’s absence since March 31 due to a biceps injury and Judge’s absence since April 20 due to an oblique injury.

The Yankees are 18-7 in their last 25 games after taking two of three in Tampa Bay over the weekend. They rested Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres on Sunday and recorded a 7-1 win by scoring four times in the ninth following a 43-minute power outage.

“More guys just continue to step up,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s not easy for us right now. We’ve got to grind and scratch for everything.” Baltimore won two of six meetings with the Yankees as part of its respectable 7-10 start under first-year manager Brandon Hyde. Since then, the Orioles are 7-16 but are heading to New York coming off one of their better games of late.

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