Hicks was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against the Rangers in Texas after he reported discomfort in his right elbow. He felt better while testing the arm on Sunday, but was still limited enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list, reports Bollinger. The Twins also called up top prospect Byron Buxton on Saturday.
“It just didn’t feel right, didn’t feel good, didn’t feel comfortable,” Hicks told reporters in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday. “It was pretty painful once I started taking my swings.”
Shane Robinson replaced Hicks in the lineup on Saturday, batting ninth and going 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
“We’re in a little bit of a quandary here,” Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters. “With Aaron’s flareup we’re not sure of his timetable. As much as it was giving him trouble [Saturday], I can’t imagine him being ready here in a day or two.”
In his third big-league season, the 25-year-old Hicks is batting .247 with one home run, two RBIs and a .594 OPS. After batting .259 (15-for-58) in May, he was down to .229 (8-for-35) over 11 games in June.
The Twins entered Sunday 33–28, two games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
- Mike Fiammetta