Eight weeks ago, Greg Bird underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle. An ankle injury kept him out of the lineup for most of last season too, but the good news is that the rehab process has gone smoothly and Bird hasn’t experienced any setbacks. According to Marc Carig, the Yankees plan to activate him from the disabled list tomorrow.
The Yankee lineup has been doing just fine without Bird (currently leading all of baseball with 278 runs scored and 79 home runs). However, it will be nice to get another left-handed bat in the lineup, and just think of how much better the offense will be with him.
During last year’s shortened season, he hit .190/.288/.422 with 9 home runs. Most importantly, he hit the home run off Andrew Miller that kept the Yankees alive in Game Three of the ALDS. Yankees fans were excited to see Bird enter spring training seemingly healthy, but that didn’t last long. While spring training stats don’t count for anything, it was clear that Bird was off to an incredibly slow start. He collected just eight hits over 52 at-bats. Come to find out, his ankle bothered him throughout spring training, and he played through the pain until he couldn’t anymore.
He has had to wait a long time, but Bird is finally healthy and ready to return. Aaron Boone said this about the possibility of Bird being activated tomorrow: “It’s the start of his major league season, but we still feel like – physically, timing-wise, all those things – he’s in a pretty good place right now.”
The Yankees will have to make some important roster decisions now. Tommy Kahnle was activated earlier today, and the Yankees don’t appear to have room for both Neil Walker and Tyler Austin. The latter will probably be sent down to make room for Bird.