Bird was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday. Bird was competing for a backup role at first base during spring training but was unable to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster after hitting .200 with one home run and four RBI in 19 Cactus League games. Josh Fuentes should serve as the primary backup behind C.J. Cron at first base, while Bird will likely begin the year at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Bird is still competing for a spot on the major-league roster with less than two weeks remaining until Opening Day, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Bird has appeared in 13 Cactus League games this spring but has gone just 4-for-27 with a home run, three runs, three RBI, four walks and eight strikeouts. The 28-year-old has shown glimpses of promise over four seasons in the majors but has struggled to generate results on a consistent basis. If he does earn a roster spot to begin the regular season, he'd have to settle for a depth role behind C.J. Cron and Josh Fuentes.
Bird went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's spring win over the Mariners. Bird entered Saturday's Cactus League matchup as a ping hitter and recorded his first extra-base hit of the spring with his walkoff home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. If the 28-year-old makes the major-league roster to begin the season, he'll likely have to settle for a bench role with C.J. Cron and Josh Fuentes slated to handle the bulk of the work at first base. Bird has gone 3-for-20 with one home run, three runs, four walks and five strikeouts over his first 10 spring games this year.
Bird (illness) signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Thursday and will attend big-league camp for spring training, Thomas Harding of MLB.com illness. Bird didn't appear in any major-league games during the abbreviated 2020 season and tested positive for COVID-19 in late September. Over his final three seasons with the Yankees, the 28-year-old hit .194 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI over 140 games. He'll attempt to crack the major-league roster with Colorado as a non-roster invitee.
Bird tested positive for COVID-19 during his intake testing after signing with the Phillies, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Bird signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies earlier in September, but he wasn't able to join the alternate squad due to his positive COVID-19 test. He was left off the team's postseason player pool as a result, although he didn't have contact with any players within the organization.