The Yankees announced on Friday afternoon that they have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain. The team has recalled Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to take his place on the roster.
The 23-year old McKinney will dawn a major league uniform for the first time when the team takes on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. The Yankees acquired the former Athletics first-rounder from the Chicago Cubs in July of 2016 as part of the package that came over with Gleyber Torres in exchange for Aroldis Chapman.
McKinney was added to the 40-man roster over the winter after slashing .277/.338/.483 with 16 homers and 64 RBI over 124 games between Double-A Trenton and Scranton. In order to increase his versatility, the career corner outfielder played quite a bit of first base during the Arizona Fall League and is now viewed by the organization as a viable option to fill in there when needed there.