Hicks was designated for assignment (DFA’d) on July 11th to make room for the return of Marco Scutaro, who had spent all season on the 60-Day disabled list. Hicks started the season off hot and hit 8 home runs this year, but his averaged had dropped to .162 and .000 over the last month of play.
Hicks will join the team on Fresno on Friday and try to play his way back to a big league position, either with the Giants or somewhere else. It’s a disappointing end for Hicks who has struggled to stay in the big leagues since his debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He played more games this season for the Giants, in fact, more than his partial 3 big league season combined, so he got his shot. Unfortunately, once May got here, his luck changed and the only consistency he showed was his inability to make good contact with the ball.
Hicks’ absence leaves the Giants still without an everyday second baseman. Even with Scutaro back, the Giants are having to run a platoon mostly of Scutaro, Joe Panik, and Ehrire Adrianza at second base. You can put money on the fact that Brian Sabean is out there looking for someone to fill that gaping hole in the middle of the infield.