Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

New York Yankees suffer DEVASTATING blow ahead of Opening Day

New York Yankees suffer DEVASTATING blow ahead of Opening Day

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said it's too early to know if first baseman Greg Bird will be sidelined opening day Thursday at Toronto because of inflammation in his right foot.

On Saturday afternoon, Greg Bird was scheduled to be in the lineup for the New York Yankees as they took on the Atlanta Braves in a split squad game in Kissimmee Florida.

An injury to the same ankle-suffered when he fouled a ball off his foot in the team's final spring training game-kept Bird out for most of 2017.

ATLANTA (AP) - Oft-injured New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will need surgery on his ailing right ankle and could be sidelined for almost two months. He had surgery on the ankle in July and was limited to just 48 games. Neil Walker and Tyler Austin can fill in until Bird comes back (Don't be shocked if Adam Lind finds his way back in Pinstripes). Neil Walker is now listed as the Yankees' second-string first baseman on their depth chart.

Trial and error, Sterling said, is sometimes just part of the process.

He missed 2016 after surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right shoulder. "Tyler Austin is ready for this opportunity". But Bird can do one thing none of those three can: hit left-handed.

Walker (.842 OPS vs. righties in 2017) and Austin (1.154 career OPS vs. lefties in 36 Major League Baseball at-bats) seemingly complement each other well, granted both players have endured their own share of injuries recently.

The Yankees have some flexibility on the right side of the infield with Walker able to play both first and second base.

"I didn't want to get back out there with live BPs this year to best honest with you because that's how I broke my foot last year", Austin said.

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