Bird (ankle) did light running Thursday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

Although Bird was able to increase his level of movement Thursday, it appears he's still weeks from returning. Manager Joe Girardi said that the club hopes Bird will be cleared to participate in baseball activities early next week, so a more specific timeframe for Bird's eventual return should become available as his workouts intensify. While Bird is out, Chris Carter is in line to continue spending time at first base.

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