The Yankees suffered a couple of in-game injuries yesterday. Tyler Wade exited early with tightness in both hips. He is reportedly a-okay today. There was another potential injury that might have been overlooked, though. Greg Bird was hit by a pitch during the first inning of the game. He was wearing an elbow guard, but the ball missed the guard and hit him directly.
Yesterday, he brushed it off and said he would play in today’s game. He is not playing in today’s game. Bird showed up with swelling and stiffness, so the Yankees decided to send him back to Tampa for X-rays.
Per Aaron Boone, Greg Bird (elbow) got treatment in Jupiter this morning, and prob could’ve played today. But Boone figured it was best to send the 1B back to Tampa instead, where he’ll get X-Rays. Still had some stiffness. “As a hitter, I don’t want to mess with his mechanics.”— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 21, 2019
At this point, it’s a tradition for Bird to get injured or be injured at spring training, right? It was during the last game of spring training in 2017 that he fouled a ball off his foot and ended up missing nearly the entire season. Last year, he complained about foot soreness during the final week of March and it was determined that he needed surgery for a broken bone spur. Luck hasn’t been on his side.
Now would be a good time to put Luke Voit in bubble wrap. Better get DJ LeMahieu some more time at first base, too.
All is reportedly okay with Bird. Let’s collectively exhale.
All is good with Greg Bird (elbow), according to Aaron Boone. The X-Rays and CT Scan came back negative. He’ll likely play Saturday or Sunday.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 21, 2019