New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks took himself out of the lineup for Monday's series opening win against the Toronto Blue Jays in the wake of the unrest in Minneapolis after the police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday.
Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton was also considering sitting the game out, but the slugger ended up playing Monday night in New York's 3-1 win.
"With all that's going on in Minneapolis, he's having a tough time right now," Boone said of Hicks. "Had a conversation in my office and he just felt like it was best to not be in the starting lineup tonight. And I certainly support that and we'll and try to rally around him the best we can. Obviously, the situation is heartbreaking right now in Minneapolis. And I think it has hit Aaron particularly hard."
Hicks was the Twins' first-round draft pick in 2008 and was the franchise's top minor league prospect before making his debut in 2013. The Twins traded Hicks to the Yankees in 2015.