Bird went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Orioles. Bird crushed his fifth bomb of the season to extend the Yankees lead to six runs in a winning effort. Although he's homered in back-to-back contests, he's struggled at the plate for most of September, and unless fantasy owners believe he's ready to go on a major hot streak, he'll be difficult to place in lineups with confidence.
Bird (back) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Bird was expected to return to action Friday after missing the last four games due to his sore back, and he will do just that. Bird will man first base and hit ninth against Orioles starter Gabriel Ynoa.
Bird (back) is expected to return to the lineup Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Lefty Wade Miley is due up for Baltimore in Thursday's series opener, and that gives the Yankees a perfect excuse to hold Bird out for a bit longer. Bird was pushing to return Wednesday, but the team doesn't want this to linger -- he tried to play through an injury earlier this season and it didn't go well. Chase Headley is starting at first base Wednesday.
Bird (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay, Erik Boland of Newsday Sports reports. Although Bird is expected to be ready to rejoin the starting lineup for Wednesday's finale, manager Joe Girardi decided to plug Chase Headley in at first base and give the 24-year-old another day off. With left-hander Wade Miley in line to start against the Yankees on Thursday, Bird may be out yet again, but if he's nearing full health, he could be available off the bench for Wednesday's game.
Bird (back) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Bird is day-to-day with back spasms, so Chase Headley will draw the start at first base with a lefty on the bump for the opposition. Look for the young first baseman to return to action Wednesday.
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