Aroldis, Hicks exit early, but injuries not serious

Closer's left knee tendinitis acts up; outfielder has cramping in left leg

July 7th, 2018

TORONTO -- The Yankees considered themselves fortunate as they departed Rogers Centre on Saturday evening, with and both having exited an 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays with injuries that are not deemed to be serious.

Hicks sensed cramping in his left leg on a slide into second base and was replaced defensively for the fifth inning, while Chapman felt a jolt of pain in his left knee after striking out for the first out of the ninth inning.

"You can feel it a little bit when you walk around and stuff, but today was just a little different," Chapman said through an interpreter. "It was a completely different sensation -- more pain."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that he believes Chapman is experiencing a recurrence of the left knee tendinitis that the flame-throwing closer has been dealing with since early May.

"I think the good thing about it is how well he's pitched with it all year," Boone said. "I don't think there's much that has changed with it. Obviously, it's something that we watch with him very closely and that he's constantly staying on top of."

Chapman was relieved by , who surrendered a solo homer to before finishing off the win. Chapman had lobbied to stay in the game, but with a four-run lead, Boone told his closer that there was little reason to take chances.

"It was a little more discomfort today than what I usually have been feeling for a couple of weeks," Chapman said.

Hicks received treatment during the rest of the game. moved over to replace him in center field, with -- summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day -- assuming duties in left field.

"It cramped up," Hicks said. "I went back into the dugout and that's when Aaron said that we're not going to chance it. ... It didn't hurt or anything. Just one of those things where they didn't want to take a chance with it."

Boone said that no tests are scheduled for either player, though Hicks will likely be on the bench for Sunday's series finale.

"He's so important to us as that switch-hitter, the flexibility he gives us in our lineup," Boone said. "Hopefully, it is something where he's just down for a day and then available for the doubleheader [on Monday at Baltimore]."