Just when you thought Greg Bird had put his injury issues behind him, the New York Yankees first baseman suffers another setback.
Injuries continue to follow New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, with his right foot injury becoming more of an issue for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees report that a CT scan taken on Saturday showed inflammation in Bird’s right foot, causing the Bombers to send their starting first baseman up to New York to be evaluated by a foot specialist.
Update on 1B Greg Bird: Results from an MRI and CT scan taken earlier today revealed right foot inflammation. Bird is scheduled to be evaluated by foot specialist, Dr. Martin O’Malley, on Monday in New York.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 24, 2018
News of Bird’s foot injury came out earlier on Saturday morning, when he was scratched from the Yankees’ split-squad lineup against the Atlanta Braves due to soreness in his right foot.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman admitted he was worried about Bird’s situation when he spoke to reporters on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m worried about it, to be honest,” Cashman said on Bird’s foot injury via Mike Mazzeo on the New York Daily News. “I’m not sure what we’re dealing with.”
Bird’s right foot was an issue for him last season too.
During his terrific spring training in 2017, Bird fouled a ball off his right foot in the Yankees’ last spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The incident led to Bird having a terrible start to the season, batting .107 in the month of April. The Yankees had to place him on the disabled list in May. He’d ultimately undergo surgery to remove a bone in his right ankle and returned late in the year.
In 81 at-bats, Bird slugged eight home runs and had 25 RBI to help the Yankees grab the top AL Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
He was a big help to the Yankees making it to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, hitting three home runs with six RBI and an on-base percentage of .426.
The lefty-hitting first baseman missed the entire 2016 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Tyler Austin figures to be the replacement option for Bird at first base.
All three players have experience playing first base at the major league level.
Another name to watch out for is Billy McKinney.
McKinney has shown a lot of power in spring training, bombing five home runs for the Yankees.
An outfielder by trade, the Yankees have been teaching McKinney to play first base throughout spring training.
The Yankees did sign Adam Lind a couple weeks ago as an insurance policy at first base to backup Bird, but after signing Walker, Lind and the Bronx Bombers mutually agreed to part ways.
Bird will be evaluated by Dr. Martin O’Malley on Monday.