Aaron Boone plans Aaron Hicks talk after Yankees benching

Aaron Hicks did not have to listen to mounting jeers from Yankees fans on Saturday, but he was expected to listen to a few words from manager Aaron Boone.

Hicks was left out of the lineup Saturday for the Yankees’ 10-3 win over the Rays and Boone said he would have a talk with the outfielder, whose season-long struggles culminated in a disastrous performance Friday night in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

“I have not [talked to Hicks] yet, but I will circle up with him and just get him prepared as best we can to be a contributor,” Boone said before the Yankees’ victory Saturday in The Bronx.

Hicks was pulled from the game Friday after he made pair of misplays in the fourth inning. The home crowd let out its frustrations on the left fielder after the miscues.

Aaron Hicks had a rough go of it on Friday night.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Hicks, who had already struck out in two at-bats Friday night, dropped a fly ball from Wander Franco down the left-field line. Hicks was slow to pick the ball back up — believing it to be foul — and then threw it back in too late, allowing two Rays to score and Franco to reach second.

The next batter, Randy Arozarena, drove a line drive over Hicks’ head. He said he got turned around on what became an RBI double.

Hicks – who heard “Joey Gallo” taunts – was gone an inning later. Boone said “we’ll see” when asked Saturday if he could play Hicks again at home in this series, then kept him on the bench for the blowout win.

Boone started Miguel Andujar in left field and Oswaldo Cabrera in right field, the pair combining to go 4-for-8 with three RBIs. The manager suggests that “becoming that target” from the crowd is making it more difficult for Hicks to bounce back.

“Hopefully this is something that you get to that point where you get through it, and it doesn’t bother you — it doesn’t get to you,” Boone said of Hicks, who is 2-for-21 in his past seven games, bringing his season OPS down to .622. “You just gotta do your job and hopefully, this is something that helps in that process of getting him there.”


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