Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks is enjoying a career year with a .290/.398/.515 slash line, .913 OPS, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs.
However, he’ll have to wait three-to-four weeks to add to those numbers after suffering a right oblique injury in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers.
“I didn’t really think too much of it,” Hicks said of the pain in his side he felt in his first at-bat (via Yankees.com). “I thought I could play through it. My second at-bat, I took a swing on a base-hit up the middle, that’s when I really felt it.”
Manager Joe Girardi said Hicks’ injury may expedite the return of Jacoby Ellsbury to the lineup. Since suffering a concussion May 24 against Kansas City when he crashed into the center-field wall, Ellsbury has just eight at-bats to his name — all with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
NBA teams make many draft decisions based on the ever-fleeting ideas of potential and “upside,” especially in the draft’s lottery and first round, which inherently hurts upperclassmen who are older and viewed as closer to being finished products. Many of last year’s undrafted rookies left college as upperclassmen, ranging from juniors to fifth-year seniors.
On average, the undrafted rookies who made their NBA debuts during the 2016-17 season are more than two years older than their drafted counterparts.
The former Wichita State backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker had the opportunity to get drafted in the second round last summer, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall told Sporting News, but Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys both players would have been sent to NBA teams’ D-League affiliates. Baker Cheap Eagles Jerseys and VanVleet passed on the opportunity, electing to become undrafted free agents.