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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks suffers knee injury, will miss remainder of the season

By Sports Desk October 19, 2022

The New York Yankees are moving on to the American League Championship Series, but the 2022 season is over for outfielder Aaron Hicks.  

Playing left field, Hicks collided with shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera in the third inning of the Yankees’ victory in Game 5 of the League Division Series on Tuesday.  

Hicks exited the game with a left knee injury and told reporters afterward that MRI results showed a significant enough injury to end his season.  

"Extremely disappointing," Hicks told reporters. "[This season] is obviously something special and I want to be a part of it. And now I'm no longer going to be able to play on the field to help this team win, help this team win a World Series and now I just gotta watch on the sidelines."

Powered by home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, the Yankees beat the Guardians in Tuesday’s decisive Game 5 and advance to a showdown against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.  

The Yankees have not said who will take Hicks’ place on the ALCS roster but hope that versatile infielder D.J. LeMahieu has recovered enough from his right foot injury to return.  

Hicks was replaced in left field Tuesday by utility Marwin Gonzalez, while Matt Carpenter made a pinch-hit appearance, taking his first swings since missing the end of the regular season with a fractured foot.  

Tim Locastro played 26 games in the Yankees' outfield this season but projects more as a defensive replacement and pinch runner after hitting .186 this season.  

New York face a quick turnaround, with Game 1 of the ALCS scheduled for Wednesday night in Houston.  

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