The New York Yankees placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right flexor strain.

Manager Aaron Boone said Hicks will be shut down from throwing for the next seven to 10 days and then will ramp back up again. Tommy John surgery was an initial concern, but has been ruled out.

Boone said he’s “optimistic” Hicks will be back.

Hicks, 29, suffered an injury to his throwing elbow in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox, when he delivered a strong throw from his position toward third base in the sixth inning of New York’s 6-4 win. With Sam Travis at second base appearing to attempt a possible tag-up, Hicks caught a fly ball out and zipped a rocket back to the infield. The throw was cut off by the shortstop Torres and kept Travis at second.

“I was trying to make a good strong throw and just kind of felt a little painful feeling,” Hicks said.

After the throw, Hicks remained in the game until he was finally pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth.

“I wasn’t able to make the same throw and to throw the ball hard,” he said. “That’s when I told [Yankees head athletic trainer] Stevie [Donohue] and got out of the game.”

Hicks said Saturday night he feels pain only when he throws, adding that he has never really had elbow issues during his career.

Information from ESPN’s Coley Harvey was used in this report.

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