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Hicks decides to resume switch-hitting

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Aaron Hicks is going back to switch-hitting after all.

Hicks decided to drop switch-hitting on May 26, but after nearly a month of hitting from the right side, he went back to switch-hitting on Saturday while playing in a rehab game with Double-A New Britain, going 2-for-4.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sounded surprised that Hicks is going back to hitting from the left side of the plate but noted it's Hicks' decision to make.

"It's his career," Gardenhire said. "He's got to decide what's best for him right now."

Hicks, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, has fared better as a right-handed hitter in his brief big league career. Hicks is a career .238/.350/.416 hitter batting from the right side against left-handed pitching and a career .182/.248/.302 hitter from the left side.

He's also had 99 plate appearances hitting right-handed pitching from the right side, and batted .173/.299/.222 in those situations. Hicks had to deal with offspeed pitches breaking away from him for the first time in his career.

"He basically didn't feel comfortable right on right," Gardenhire said. "That's the explanation."

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that Hicks informed assistant general mangaer Rob Antony of his intention to go back to switch-hitting on Saturday, and that the organization is behind his decision.

"I think it's the right thing to do to support the player," Ryan said. "If he doesn't have any confidence hitting from the right side against right-handed pitchers, there's no sense in forcing the issue. Now he's got to get work on batting from the left side. I'm going to support Aaron Hicks on how he feels most comfortable coming up to the plate. He's still a young man, and there's still a lot of upside."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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