TAMPA – The Yankees could be without Aaron Hicks on the opening day and appear without Luis Severino until May, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday
"Obviously, we're running out of time," he said Cashman of Hicks' lumbar rigidity before the Yankees faced Boston at the Steinbrenner Field with the start of the regular season less than two weeks away. "We will do what is right for us for the long term, so I cannot say that I am optimistic, it will be ready to go on the first day. Because of what happened and the missing time, it may or may not be ready … I think he will be healthy at the opening day, he is alone, he will have enough ball, defensive reps, conditioning in advance to allow us to plug and play from day one. "
Hicks was out for two weeks with that which was initially believed to be something that would have made him lose a day or two. On Monday he received a cortisone shot and admitted that the injury was "definitely" worse than initially thought
"I thought it would take a couple of days and I would be ready to go," Hicks said. "Keep coming. I had to give it a try, you always want [avoid]. Now we're still coming back."
Hicks admitted he would be disappointed if he didn't come back for the Bronx opening on March 28 .
"The opening day is what you expect in the offseason," & # 39; Hicks said. "It is exciting and you want to feel that haste … You want to be introduced to the team. It would certainly be difficult [to miss it]."