Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks finally took the field for his first rehab assignment after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Even though the Twins do not have an exact time frame for when Hicks will return to the active roster, it is still nice to see him taking a big step in the right direction.
The 23-year-old dominated in his first action since June 9. He went 3-for-4 with one RBI, one double and two singles in Tuesday night’s game with Triple-A Rochester. It is certainly exciting to see the rookie fly out of the gate offensively, but Minnesota will only be confident activating him from the disabled list if he can perform in center field as well.
“He needs to show that he’s healthy and be able to run balls down and do what he needs to do without any side effects or ill effects,” assistant general manager Rob Antony said, according to MinnesotaTwins.com. “He could be there 20 days.”
Hicks had Twins fans excited entering the season, as there was some talk that he could be in the running for American League Rookie of the Year. Obviously, missing significant playing time certainly hurts those chances. Not to mention, he has not played nearly as well on offense as everyone had hoped.
The switch hitter was batting .179 with six home runs, 19 RBI, six doubles, two triples and four stolen bases in 190 at-bats prior to being placed on the disabled list.