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Yankees put outfielder Aaron Hicks on DL with ribcage strain

Yankees put outfielder Aaron Hicks on DL with ribcage strain

Here's what it could mean for manager Aaron Boone's lineup as he decides where to have sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton play in the short term. Stanton was a full-time right fielder in Miami before getting traded in December, and the reigning NL MVP got off to a rough defensive start in spring training when he played left.

It's not yet clear how the outfield alignment will adjust, but it's probable that 2016 Gold Glove victor Brett Gardner will slide over to center for the time being.

If all goes according to the Yankees' now stepped-up plans regarding injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique), by the end of next week, he could rejoin the team, putting an end at this stage to the outfield movement involving Stanton and Judge. But it seemed unlikely with the Bombers at full strength. An intercostal strain is a strain of the muscles in the ribs.

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Hicks was limited to 88 games last season because of injuries to his core. In his place, the Yankees recalled Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. McKinney torched his way through the big-league spring training, tying for the team lead with five home runs and 13 RBI. In his first major league at-bat, McKinney slapped a single through the right side off Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez.

Brett Gardner is now in center, but the Yankees want to make sure not to burn the 34-year-old out. "I don't want to wear him out", Boone said. "I've got to protect him".