New York Yankees: Greg Bird Not Ready To Resume Baseball Activities
Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave an update on first baseman Greg Bird and the status of his DL stint.

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hasn’t seen the field since May 1 due to a bone bruise on his right ankle and manager Joe Girardi says there is no timetable for his return.

“He’s still not ready to start baseball activities,” Girardi said following New York’s 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. “When the pain is gone he’ll start.”

Bird is 6-for-60 this season (.100) and has maintained a wRC+ of 33 — the lowest among major league first baseman with at least 60 plate appearances.  The 24-year-old has been sidelined since May 2 due to a pitch he fouled off his ankle at the end of spring training against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“There’s definite improvement,” Girardi said. “He’s much better than he was but our feeling is until he’s basically pain-free there’s no reason to start because he was in a situation where he felt pretty good but it kept coming back from the activity he was doing. We’re trying to heal it up.”

The performance by Bird, which is clearly a far cry from the 11 home runs he hit in 46 games back in 2015, has been the primary reason why New York has posted a -0.7 WAR from the first base position — good enough for the second-worst in baseball.

Chris Carter has seen most of the reps since Bird has been on the DL and has posted a .158/.333/.158 slash line with a .491 OPS in seven games. He also struck out twice against Dallas Keuchel on Thursday night, including a fifth strikeout with the bases loaded and just one out. In 57 at-bats, he has gone down on strikes a whopping 22 times (39 percent).


  1. Undeniably, 1B is currently a black hole in the Yankees lineup with Bird on the DL and Carter playing like he belongs on the DL. I get Girardi playing Carter consistently in the hope that more reps will help his bat heat up. In fairness, his credible alternatives there are limited and if they play someone else there (like Holliday) they may as well cut Carter. So far he’s been an automatic out in the lineup and a rally killer with men on base. There doesn’t seem to be many credible options from the farm system at the moment. The strength there seems to be focused on other positions.

    Girardi and Cashman are correct by not rushing Bird back in the lineup until he’s both completely healthy and has had some rehab games to recover the swing timing that had deserted him earlier in the season while he was dealing with the foot injury.