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Hicks likely to start Sunday vs. Price

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BOSTON -- Aaron Hicks is ready to return to action for the Yankees, just in time for the team's first regular-season look at David Price in a Red Sox uniform.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Friday that Hicks will be available at any point of this weekend's series at Fenway Park, and he is a likely candidate to start in the series finale against the left-handed Price on Sunday.

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BOSTON -- Aaron Hicks is ready to return to action for the Yankees, just in time for the team's first regular-season look at David Price in a Red Sox uniform.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Friday that Hicks will be available at any point of this weekend's series at Fenway Park, and he is a likely candidate to start in the series finale against the left-handed Price on Sunday.

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"Definitely a possibility," Girardi said.

Hicks has not started since injuring his left shoulder attempting a diving catch in an April 22 game against the Rays, though a cortisone injection has helped him avoid a stint on the disabled list. He appeared as a pinch-runner against the Rangers on Wednesday, and Girardi said that he could have started Hicks on Friday but decided against it for "strategic reasons."

"[Hicks' absence] didn't really affect us a whole lot, in a sense," Girardi said. "We were using him against right-handers when he didn't start for defense. We didn't have a whole lot of leads in the last four days since he got hurt. That didn't affect us.

"You worry because there are times that you'd have him start; maybe you give someone a day off and they need a day off. His presence will become really important after we get through this stretch after we have the day off Monday. I think we've got 20 days in a row. So he's going to be in there."

Video: OAK@NYY: Hicks unleashes 105.5-mph throw home for out

Hicks, 26, is hitting just .091 (2-for-22) in early duty with the Yankees, but he had made his presence felt on defense, including airing out the hardest throw recorded to date by Statcast™, a one-hop rocket to home plate on April 20 that was clocked at 105.5 mph.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

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