HOUSTON- The Yankees will have some new — but familiar — faces when they begin the ALCS Saturday against the Astros, as both Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia were put on the roster.
Hicks overcame a flexor strain to make it back after being out since Aug. 3, while Sabathia — in his final season — recovered from a shoulder injury that required a cortisone shot that forced him to miss the ALDS.
To make room for the two veteran players, Luke Voit and Tyler Wade were left off. And since the Yankees had to activate Hicks from the 60-day IL, they designated right-gander David Hale for assignment.
How Hicks and Sabathia are used remains to be seen, as Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman have said Hicks could start or come off the bench.
It’s possible he’ll be a late-inning defensive replacement for Giancarlo Stanton.
If Hicks starts in center, Stanton likely will shift from left field to DH, with Brett Gardner sliding over to left. That likely would leave Edwin Encarnacion at first base, DJ LeMahieu at third and Gio Urshela on the bench.
Sabathia, coming off the first regular season relief outing of his career — in addition to one other in the 2011 playoffs — could be used as a multi-inning reliever or against particular lefties.
Here is the Yankees’ full ALCS roster: