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Hicks activated from DL, then sent to Double-A

Hicks activated from DL, then sent to Double-A

ANAHEIM -- The Twins activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Double-A New Britain on Wednesday.

Hicks, who was on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 10 with a right shoulder strain, was hitting .238/.346/.286 with one double and two RBIs in six games while on a rehab assignment with New Britain.

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He'll remain at New Britain to give him a chance to regain his confidence after struggling this year with the Twins, hitting .198/.338/.262 with one homer, five doubles and nine RBIs in 48 games.

"He's had success in New Britain and hopefully he'll be able to find it again," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll see how he does. That's all we can do. He's a really good talent. I think we're all trying to find out how to get everything out of him. I think everybody in this organization is very interested in that because he's a good player."

Hicks also just resumed switch-hitting Saturday, reversing his decision to drop switch-hitting and bat from the right side on May 26. Hicks will continue switch-hitting at New Britain and will also see time in in all three outfield positions.

"There have been a lot of changes for him," Gardenhire said. "He went from not switch-hitting anymore and batting right-handed to him not being comfortable with it. So it's about getting your mind right and focusing on how to get better as a player all the way around."

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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