Yankees 1B Bird will undergo ankle surgery, miss 6 to 8 weeks

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Bird's predecessor at first base, Mark Teixeira, believes the Yankees should be concerned by his injury problems. But now fans are back to reenacting the Abbott and Costello routine.

Bird was scratched from Saturday's spring training game against the Atlanta Braves due to soreness in the foot. Boone said CT and MRI exams showed no structural damage. And so Pandora's box opened up once again. Hot shot third base prospect Miguel Andujar has begun working at first as well, though it's unlikely he will be ready to play the position anytime soon. The idea was for Greg Bird to take over. After missing the entirety of the following season due to shoulder surgery, he resurfaced a year ago to bat.190/.288/.422 in 48 games. He missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury.

1B Greg Bird will undergo surgery tomorrow to remove a small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle.

However, some would argue this year the Yankees don't need Bird as much.


Alternatively, Boone can employ the strategy used by Joe Girardi last season, putting the left-handed Didi Gregorius in the middle of the righties.

Offering pop from both sides of the plate, Walker won't produce the way the Yankees believe Bird can, but he won't be an easy out in a stacked lineup, either.

For that answer, we will look to the truthers of Brian Cashman.

If the Stanton call doesn't "work", it will not be the first time Sterling has had to shift gears. It was initially reported that there appeared to be no structural damage according to NY skipper Aaron Boone. As a result, Bird will miss the next six to eight weeks.

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