Greg Bird injury: Latest on Yankees 1B foot and return

Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury got a good scare Friday when he was hit in the left elbow by Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson while batting in the fifth inning of a spring training game in Tampa

Last year, Bird hit.451 with eight homers in spring training but fouled a ball off his right ankle on March 30, started the season 6 for 60 and went on the disabled list May 2.

"He was just blocked by Greg Bird". There's also the versatile Brandon Drury, though NY prefers to station him at third base. When the foot did not improve, O'Malley operated July 18 to remove the os trigonum bone in the ankle. Following his semi-breakout 2015 Major League Baseball serving size (11 HR in 46 games), he underwent right shoulder surgery to fix a torn labrum, keeping him out the entire 2016 season. With utility man Ronald Torreyes and the young Tyler Wade on the roster, it makes sense to platoon those two at second while starting Walker at first until Bird is ready to get back in the lineup.

Dr. Armin Tehrany, an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Manhattan Orthopedic Care, said that contrary to numerous assumptions out there, the two aren't necessarily related.

Bird hit.154 in the spring. His rehab protocol will commence in NY.

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Bird had reported soreness in his right ankle and was scratched from the Yankees lineup in a Spring Training game last Saturday. However, this doesn't solve the problem of Who's on First. He ended up undergoing surgery during the season but returned in late August.

Greg Bird won't be making an appearance on the field for Thursday's opening day. "We feel like we know what the surgery's going to accomplish".

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. It doesn't work that way. He has covered the Yankees since 2009.

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