Aaron Hicks returns from the Disabled List


The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the family emergency list and have activated fellow outfielder, Aaron Hicks from the disabled list. It’s the second time this season that Robinson has been placed on the family emergency list.

Hicks was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain on June 14. Hicks played in six rehab games for Triple-A Rochester and went 7-23. He finished strong though with a pair of three-hit games to end his rehab assignment.

Hicks was hitting .247 before being placed on the disabled list. Hicks will likely never be a .300 hitter, but he provides stellar defense in center field. He made a number of diving catches that reminded Twins fans of Torii Hunter. If Hicks can continue to hit around the .250 mark and provide stellar defense, the Twins will be happy with that production until Byron Buxton is deemed ready to return to the big leagues.

If Hicks can perform at a high level, the Twins won’t feel rushed to get Buxton back in the big league level. Everybody and their mother knows that Buxton is the Twins future center fielder, but, this is an opportunity for Hicks to show that he can be a viable fourth outfielder for the Twins moving forward. Hicks could also become a valuable trade chip if he performs at a high level.

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