NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks left Game 5 of the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday after being injured in a collision with rookie Osvaldo Cabrera.
Both players were chasing Steven Kwan’s shallow pop fly down the left-field line when they bumped into each other. The ball appeared to glance over each player’s glove before landing on a single that put runners on first and second with one out.
Visibly shaken, Hicks remained down for a few moments and was checked on by New York athletic trainer and manager Aaron Boone.
Hicks walked around a bit before limping off the field with a calf injury.
“It’s hard for me to move around there,” Boone said in a televised interview during the game.
Hicks was replaced in left by Marwin Gonzalez, who took over Hicks’ No. 9 spot in the batting order.
Cabrera appeared to be fine and remained in the game.
Kwan’s single led to a sacrifice bunt by José Ramírez to cut New York’s lead to 4-1 in the deciding game of the playoff series.
The winner heads to Houston for the best-of-seven AL Championship Series starting Wednesday night.
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