Manager Aaron Boone said Bird (ankle) could rejoin the Yankees sometime over the weekend, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Bird is inching closer to making his 2018 big-league debut after undergoing ankle surgery in March. The 25-year-old, who recently shifted his minor-league rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has appeared in nine rehab games and could be activated from the disabled list as early as Saturday if he gets through a couple more without any setbacks.
Bird's (ankle) rehab assignment was transferred to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. Bird has been steadily working up the ladder on his way back to the big leagues, having already played at both High-A and Double-A. He could be just a few days from finally making his season debut. When he returns, he'll take advantage of a hitter-friendly home park and a loaded Yankees lineup, though Tyler Austin's solid performance as a deputy first baseman (.261/.324/.587 with eight homers on the year) could mean he won't be able to jump straight into a full-time starting job.
Manager Aaron Boone reported Sunday that Bird (ankle) could be activated from the disabled list "sometime within the next week," Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Bird has not appeared in a game this season after being forced to undergo ankle surgery in March. He's played in eight minor-league rehab games thus far and could make his way back to the majors in the coming days. The Yankees open a three game series against the Rangers on Monday and then are off Thursday before returning home Friday to take on the Angels.
Bird (ankle) had his minor-league rehab assignment transferred from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton on Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Bird played in three games setback-free with the Tarpons, going 2-for-8 with a trio of walks, clearing the way for him to shift his rehab to Double-A. It's unclear how many additional rehab games Bird will need to appear in before being activating, but barring any setbacks, he's hoping to rejoin the Yankees by the end of the month.
Bird (ankle) is set to embark on a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Thursday, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Manager Aaron Boone stated that Bird will likely need anywhere between 10-to-20 days before returning to the majors. The first baseman recently appeared in an extended spring training contest Monday, going 1-for-3 with two walks during his first game back in action since undergoing ankle surgery in late March. Expect another update on Bird's status in the near future.