Yankees' Bird scratched because of sore right foot

Mar 27, 2018, 06:18
Yankees' Bird scratched because of sore right foot

The Yankees said Bird would visit a foot specialist on Monday. On Monday, that's pretty much what they got.

Greg Bird's latest dose of really bad luck - he'll undergo right ankle surgery on Tuesday and be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks - is a lucky break for Austin, who will be back on the roster as a platoon first baseman with Neil Walker after being optioned to Triple-A last week.

Just before the start of the game Bird was scratched from the lineup due to discomfort in his foot. After missing the entirety of the following season due to shoulder surgery, he resurfaced previous year to bat.190/.288/.422 in 48 games.

Instead, the 25-year-old will have to undergo yet another rehab tour.

Luckily for them, they already are. Well there is also a second way you can win a pair of tickets.

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Despite this news, the Yankees should be fine in his absence.

While some quality free agent alternatives remain, there's no need for NY to bring in another bat at this time.

Then again, so was previous year.

So with what seemed to be a player with all the injury kinks behind him, 2018 looked to be the year of opportunity.

However, Bird has hit 20 home runs in those 94 big league games, a torrid pace, hence the patience General Manager Brian Cashman, as well as Yankee fans, has shown.

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Now, the Bombers must contemplate whether Bird - who was so dynamic in the playoffs, posting three homers and a.938 OPS - can be their long-term answer at first.

Austin is a right-handed hitter, Wade a lefty and Walker a switch-hitter. The 26-year-old will most likely split some time with Walker until Bird is able to return.

The Yankees have some flexibility on the right side of the infield with Walker able to play both first and second base. "I just have a good mind for nonsense".

So there's no need to go outside the organization just yet.

Once removed from the lineup Bird was taken back to Tampa to have X-Rays taken.

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Still, they hope this one doesn't last almost as long.

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