Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:26:08 -0700
With Minnesota Twins OF Jason Kubel making the team, and OF Josh Willingham struggling in left field during the spring, Kubel might get more time in the outfield. "We know Willy's not going to be all over in left," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "(OF Oswaldo Arcia) is actually moving really well in right. I'm happy with that. And (OF Aaron Hicks) is probably going to be in center. He's running the ball down pretty good. With our pitching, we have to catch the ball."
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:39:16 -0700
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire indicated OF Aaron Hicks likely will be the starting center fielder this season.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:32:28 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (elbow) took swings in the cages without problems Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12, and hit a pinch-hit homer Wednesday. Hicks hadn't played since March 4.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:08:54 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks is hoping to turn things around in his second season after struggling in his rookie year in 2013 and being demoted to the minors for good in August. "That's what we hope Hicks does, same thing (as Dozier)," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Take it and run with it. Believe me, you're talking young players that aren't out of second chances. They'll get plenty of chances here; now it's up to them. We like the heck out of the kid, and it's the same thing with Dozier. That makes it pretty easy to give them a chance, give them a look again." Hicks is competing with OF Alex Presley this spring for the starting center field job, and Presley is out of minor league options, which gives him a slight edge.
Hicks adjusted his offseason workout routine this year, holding off from baseball activities until late November. This spring, he entered camp noticeably stronger than last year, and he spent time working with former 2B Rod Carew. Gardenhire is already noticing a big difference in Hicks this year.
Fantasy Tip: Hicks remains a top prospect in the organization, although he's now overshadowed by Byron Buxton. After his hot spring last year, Hicks was clearly overvalued in fantasy circles and was rushed to the big leagues. This could be his year if he learns from his failures in 2013. He's a nice sleeper in AL-only leagues with a solid blend of power and speed.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:21:55 -0800
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (elbow) is expected to be fine and return soon after feeling pain in his right elbow while swinging Thursday, March 6.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:30:03 -0800
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (triceps) felt a little discomfort in his right triceps during early batting practice Thursday, March 6.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:25:24 -0800
Minnesota Twins OFs Alex Presley, Aaron Hicks and Darin Mastroianni are all competing for the starting center field job this spring. Manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw from Presley during his month-long audition at the end of last year. The team would like to see him be more aggressive on the bases this year, though, after stealing just one base in his 28 games. Presley has 20 stolen bases in 232 career games. He knows his success on the bases will probably have a direct effect on whether he wins the job, which is why he worked with Paul Molitor this spring. The Twins could use him in the leadoff spot, too.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:55:57 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (heel, wrist) was activated from the 7-day minor-league disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 20, but he injured his wrist diving for a ball, and is likely headed back to the DL for Triple-A Rochester.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:37:34 -0700
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Scott Diamond and OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester Thursday, Aug. 1. OF Oswaldo Arcia was recalled in a corresponding move.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:32:31 -0700
The Minnesota Twins placed OF Josh Willingham (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 2, and activated OF Aaron Hicks (hamstring) from the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. Willingham is dealing with a medial meniscus tear and bone bruise in his left knee, and the move is retroactive to July 1.
Fantasy Tip: This is bad news for Willingham owners hoping that he might be dealt at the non-waiver trade deadline to a contending team. This ensures that Clete Thomas will continue to see regular playing time to solidify his value in AL leagues.