NY Yankees: Center Fielder Aaron Hicks Could Return Soon

Per several sources, the team will activate outfielder Aaron Hicks in a few days. The switch-hitting center fielder had not played since early March due to a lower back strain. Hicks received two cortisone shots before starting baseball activities again last month.

And the timing of this could not be any more perfect. The Yankees just took two of three from the first-place Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Starting Monday, the Bronx Bombers get three at home versus the lowly Baltimore Orioles before a weekend tilt against the Rays again, this time in their own, well-lit park.

These games may not seem important but keep in mind, the Yankees are only a half-game behind Tampa Bay entering play on Monday. First place in the AL East is well within reach.

The team could not only be in a position to take over first place but also build a lead over rival teams.