TAMPA – The Yankees could do without Aaron Hicks on the opening day and get by without Luis Severino until May, said general manager Brian Cashman on Friday.
"Obviously, we're running out of time," said Cashman Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, Hicks' back stiffness stood in front of the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field opposite Boston. "We will do the right thing for us in the long run, so I can not say that I'm optimistic that he's ready for the opening day. Because of what happened and the time he missed, he may not be ready yet. I think he will be healthy on the opening day. Plug and play him from day one. "
Hicks spent two weeks drowning something that was thought to be something that would cause him to miss a day or two. He received a cortisone record on Monday, admitting that the injury was "definitely" worse than he originally felt.
"It just keeps coming back. I had to get a shot that you always want [avoid]. Now we are still cracking back. "
Hicks admitted that he would be disappointed if he did not return to the opener in the Bronx on March 28th.
"On the opening day you prepare yourself in the off-season. "& # 39; Hicks said. "It's exciting and you want to feel this rush … you want to be introduced to the team. It would definitely be tough [to miss it].
Severino will certainly not be back in time for the opening day. After a two-week stoppage due to a Rotatorenmanschettenentzündung he should start until Wednesday a throwing program.
"I'd say you're looking forward to May at the earliest," Cashman said about the right-handed person. "He has to start from scratch and have his spring training. If it has to be more [time missed after May 1] we have to make sure that we have no problem with that. & # 39; & # 39;
Masahiro Tanaka will replace Severino as the opening day starter, but the team has nothing. t determines how they handle the rotation without Severino and CC Sabathia. Veteran Lefty has a five-time suspension and will probably go to the injury list.
Like Aaron Boone, Cashman would not occasionally rule out an opener and said he wanted to stay back -House instead of pursuing one of the available free agents.
Severino said he has no return date in mind, adding that he no longer feels any pain in the shoulder, but wants to make sure that he is completely healthy when he comes back.