ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Hicks was scratched before the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field with a right shin bruise suffered in Sunday’s game. He was replaced by Clint Frazier, with Brett Gardner shifting from left field to center. Hicks went down in pain after fouling a ball off his shin in the eighth inning Sunday, but stayed in the game.
Aaron Boone said Hicks felt “pretty sore” doing his pregame routine. He got an X-ray, but Boone was hopeful Hicks would play Wednesday.
Hicks had shown signs of snapping his slow start, going 10-for-27 with three extra-base hits and five walks in his previous nine games.
Aroldis Chapman had an issue with a nail on his pitching hand, which got him a visit from the training staff in the ninth, but he remained in the game and Boone didn’t think it would be an issue. … Gio Urshela returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing the previous three games with a left knee injury suffered Thursday against Houston.
Luis Severino has been throwing 40 pitches with a hitter in the box, but…