Greg Bird will once again start the Yankee season working back from surgery.
The Yankees have confirmed that first baseman Greg Bird will undergo ankle surgery tomorrow which will sideline him for up to two months.
Bird is expected to rehab for six-to-eight weeks before returning to game action. In 2017, it was a foul ball that he blasted off his ankle during the final game of the spring, which later led to surgery in mid-July.
After undergoing an MRI and a CT Scan the team learned that Bird had inflammation in that ankle.
"This time of year", general manager Brian Cashman said, "you go with what you got".
Bird made his major-league debut August 13, 2015, and hit 11 homers in 46 games.
"I'll be ready Thursday for sure", Brandon Drury said. "When we all sat down and figured the best course forward, we feel like surgery ends it".
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The Yankees haven't had a regular first baseman since Mark Teixeira left following the 2016 season. Boone said "we'll play the matchup game" in determining who plays there on a daily basis, a situation aided by the versatile Tyler Wade, who can play second, third, shortstop and the corner outfield positions.
Perched near home plate, a fungo bat cradled within his grip, Aaron Boone has spent the past six weeks delighting in the thunder that the Yankees possess. Despite his lights out pitching in 31 games played, and 193.1 innings pitched, with 150 hits, 64 earned runs, 21 home runs, 51 walks, 230 strikeouts, 1.04 WHIP, and a 14-6 record, he struggled slightly in the playoffs.
Teixeira spent time at Yankees camp in Tampa this spring and said he didn't notice Bird nursing anything. If Bird misses just a few days, Teixeira is confident Neil Walker and Tyler Austin can fill in.
Miguel Andujar will dabble at first base this season.
Bird has been out of form in spring training, batting just.154 with one homer and 16 strikeouts in 52 at-bats. Cashman said Bird talked about having some discomfort off and on, and added that it might have worsened when he ramped up baseball activity to nine innings recently.
"In the grand scheme of things", the manager said, "hopefully we do look back and it's a short-term bump in the road and we can get him back for good".