Aaron Hicks is making progress in his recovery from offseason Tommy John surgery.
The center fielder told the YES Network in an interview that aired Monday that he began swinging last week “with a regular bat and with a fungo, so things have been moving along smoothly.”
He’s also been throwing and doing physical therapy three times a week at his home in Arizona.
Besides that, Hicks does what pretty much everyone else around baseball — and everywhere else — is doing thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Then I go … back home and just hang out and watch TV and just relax,’’ Hicks said.
If baseball does return in 2020, there’s no guarantee Hicks would return to form right away. In 2018, Didi Gregorius also had Tommy John surgery shortly after the postseason ended and struggled throughout last season.
Hicks was limited to 59 regular-season games in 2019, hampered by a lower back strain and then a flexor strain his right elbow. He made an unexpected return from the flexor strain in the playoffs, but ended up tearing his UCL.
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He was just one of the Yankees’ outfielders dealing with injuries before the MLB season was upended by COVID-19, as Giancarlo Stanton was out with a calf strain and Aaron Judge was dealing with a fractured rib and partially collapsed lung.