Injuries and Greg Bird just continue to be an issue for the New York Yankees and it just got worse.
The New York Yankees announced Monday afternoon that Greg Bird will be out for six to eight weeks after having ankle surgery Tuesday. The surgery is to repair a small broken spur on the outside of his right ankle.
Update on 1B Greg Bird: pic.twitter.com/A0ySPAYg3b
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 26, 2018
Bird had reported soreness in his right ankle and was scratched from the Yankees lineup in a Spring Training game last Saturday.
After undergoing an MRI and a CT Scan the team learned that Bird had inflammation in that ankle. He was scheduled to meet with Dr. Martin O’Malley Monday where they had learned of his fate.
The diagnosis is the worst case for the Yankees considering that he was expected to do big things for the Bombers. After battling two straight years of injuries, Bird was planned to be penciled right in the middle of the potent Yankees lineup. Last year, Bird missed a majority of the regular season with an injury to that very same foot.
That will have to wait for now as the Yankees have to turn to plans B and C.
How great does adding a guy like Neil Walker look now with his versatility? Tyler Austin should also be given a chance to make a mark on the big league level with the Yankees after making an impact in 2016. Miguel Andujar is also going to be doing some work over at first base in the minors and could potentially be an option down the road.
Miguel Andujar will dabble at first base this season. Brian Cashman said there will be an 80-20 split between Andujar's third base work and his time at first base.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 24, 2018
Opening Day is just three days away and this is not the start the Yankees were hoping for with Bird.
This will be the third straight year that he has to miss a significant amount of time due to injury and leaves the question all Yankee fans are asking: can we trust him longterm?