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June 29, 2020 03:20 AM
Rangers' Greg Bird: Will compete at first base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird has landed a spot in Texas' 60-man player pool.

Bird was in camp for spring training as a non-roster invitee with a shot at winning the starting first base job. Neither he nor Ronald Guzman earned the spot, which remains open as the ramp up to the new Opening Day begins later this week. Bird and Guzman will battle it out over the next three weeks, though the Rangers have a possible backup plan that involves moving Todd Frazier to first if the club is confident Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Nick Solak is ready for the everyday gig at third base.

March 2, 2020 06:36 AM
Rangers' Greg Bird: Hitless spring continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird started at first base and went 0-for-3 in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.

Bird is competing with Ronald Guzman for the starting first base job, but he still doesn't have a hit in 15 spring plate appearances. Guzman (3-for-15) hasn't done much better, although he had a home run Saturday and probably has the edge at this point. As both hit from the left side, the Rangers may choose to keep one while finding a platoon partner from the right side of the plate.

February 11, 2020 02:28 PM
Rangers' Greg Bird: Healthy to start camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) said Tuesday that he had no health issues to start camp, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

A healthy season would be a rarity for Bird, who's played a total of 173 games over the last four seasons combined. He'll need both health and improved performance if he's to play a significant role in Texas this season, as his career .211/.301/.424 slash line in 700 major-league games isn't nearly good enough for an everyday first baseman.

February 4, 2020 10:20 PM
Rangers' Greg Bird: Inks minor-league deal with Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, George A. King III of the New York Post reports.

Bird's big-league career has been plagued by injuries; he's been limited to just 140 games over the last four seasons combined, primarily due to foot, ankle and shoulder injuries. The 27-year-old first baseman went 6-for-35 with six runs scored and 16 strikeouts across just 10 games played for the Yankees in 2019. Although Bird received an invite to major-league camp for spring training, it is unlikely that he begins the 2020 season in Texas with Todd Frazier, Ronald Guzman and Danny Santana all likely to see some time at the first-base position.

November 27, 2019 02:12 PM
Greg Bird: Becomes free agent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) cleared waivers and became a free agent Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Things just didn't work out for Bird in New York, as he was limited by injuries to just 140 games over the last four seasons combined, hitting .194/.287/.388 over that stretch. As a 27-year-old with significant injury concerns and very little success at the big-league level, he may be stuck looking for a minor-league deal this winter.

November 20, 2019 08:36 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: DFA'd by Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday.

Bird was limited to 10 games in 2019 after tearing his left plantar fascia in mid-April. The 27-year-old is expected to play in the Dominican Winter League, which will be his first game action since suffering the injury. Luke Voit is set to enter the 2020 campaign as New York's starting first baseman.

October 22, 2019 12:40 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Will play winter ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) will play winter ball for Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.

Bird tore his left plantar fascia in mid-April and never returned to game action. How he fares in winter ball could hint at his role for the Yankees next season, though his injury history means it would be unwise for the team to count on much from him.

September 27, 2019 12:36 AM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Will face live pitching soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) will soon progress to live at-bats, Brendan Kuty of reports.

Bird has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa but has thus far been limited to hitting in a batting cage. He's nearly fully recovered from the foot injury that has cost him all but 10 games this season, and he's set to face live pitching soon. Bird will not return to the field in 2019, but he expects to be ready for the start of spring training next season.

September 19, 2019 02:44 AM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Resumes baseball activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) has hit off a tee and run on a specialized treadmill but remains unlikely to return this season, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

Bird is making slow progress in his recovery from a plantar fascia tear but has not advanced enough for the Yankees to expect a return to action in 2019. The 26-year-old appeared in only 10 games this season, hitting .171 with one homer and 16 strikeouts in 35 at-bats.

August 31, 2019 12:20 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Will soon start baseball activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) is progressing in his recovery and will soon resume baseball activities, Randy Miller of reports.

Bird has been in and out of a walking boot but is nearing the point where he can begin rehabbing. The 26-year-old has been out since mid-April after being diagnosed with a left plantar fascia tear. Although the Yankees have yet to rule out Bird's return to the field this season, he is unlikely to recover in time to see game action in 2019.

August 8, 2019 02:56 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Spotted wearing walking boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sam Dykstra of reports that Bird is currently wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

Bird has been out since April 16 with plantar fasciitis. Earlier reports indicated that he had shed the walking boot and was running on an anti-gravity treadmill, but this update suggests that his return to the field is not imminent. The 26-year-old has played in only 10 games for the Yankees this season, hitting .171 with 16 strikeouts in 35 at-bats.

June 2, 2019 09:00 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Could face live pitching soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) is headed to Tampa Bay, where he will begin to run and may face live pitching, Coley Harvey of reports.

Having run on an "anti-gravity" treadmill earlier in the week, Bird has progressed to hitting off a tee and participating in fielding drills. Though he noted his progress was slower than he had anticipated, Bird will head to Tampa to run outside and step in against human pitchers. The Yankees still haven't given a timeline for his return.

May 27, 2019 12:36 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Running on assisted treadmill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) has started running on an assisted "anti-gravity" treadmill, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Bird has been battling plantar fasciitis since mid-April. He was moved to the 60-day injured list in mid-May, rendering him ineligible to return until mid-June. Given where he's at in his recovery, it's not clear that he'll be back when first eligible, though the Yankees haven't provided a clear timeline since initially saying Bird would be out 4-to-6 weeks.

May 15, 2019 07:16 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Progress remains slow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) has yet to resume baseball activities and his progress is "going slow" according to manager Aaron Boone, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Bird was moved to the 60-day injured list Sunday while he recovers from plantar fasciitis. He's well behind his initial 4-to-6 week timetable and won't be eligible to return until mid-June. It's not clear when the Yankees expect him back. The team picked up Kendrys Morales from Oakland in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday.

May 12, 2019 03:16 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

Bird landed on the injured list in mid-April and was given an initial return timeline of 4-to-6 weeks but was still feeling pain in his left foot after shedding his walking boot in early May. The 26-year-old remains without a recovery timetable, though he won't be eligible to be activated from the 60-day IL until mid-June.

May 4, 2019 10:20 AM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Sheds boot, no timetable for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird shed his walking boot but is still feeling pain in his left foot and is without a timetable to return, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

He is still dealing with a left plantar fascia tear, and while he is out of the boot, it doesn't sound like he is particularly close to returning from the injured list. Luke Voit, who is slashing .278/.399/.539, has put an end to any debate about who the Yankees' everyday first baseman will be when the team is at full strength. It's possible, however, that Bird could return in time to still get some starts at designated hitter before the rest of the team's mashers come off the injured list.

April 17, 2019 02:24 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: May be out 4-to-6 weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees are hopeful Bird (foot) can return from the 10-day injured list in 4-to-6 weeks, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Beyond ruling Bird out for more than the minimum 10 days, the Yankees haven't officially confirmed an estimated recovery timeline for the first baseman, who will be confined to a walking boot for the remainder of April. The Yankees should offer a more formal update on Bird's outlook once the boot is removed, but the team probably won't be aggressive in rushing the 26-year-old back from the injured list before mid-May given his poor performance prior to getting hurt in addition to his career-long durability concerns.

April 16, 2019 02:48 PM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Won't return after minimum
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird (foot) will remain in a walking boot for two weeks before further evaluation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Bird was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the day due to a left plantar fascia tear, and general manager Brian Cashman has since confirmed that the first baseman will need longer than 10 days on the shelf. Luke Voit and Mike Ford will be asked to pick up the slack while Bird is gone.

April 16, 2019 10:56 AM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Joins crowded New York injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees placed Bird on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left plantar fascia tear.

Bird's move to the IL comes as a surprise after there were no reports that he picked up an injury during the Yankees' series with the White Sox over the weekend. With the 26-year-old becoming the 12th member of the Yankees' injured list, Mike Ford was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to afford the club another first-base/designated-hitter type. It's unclear if the Yankees expect Bird to miss only the minimum 10 days or if a longer-term absence is in the cards.

April 14, 2019 10:44 AM
Yankees' Greg Bird: Sitting against lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bird is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

Bird will retreat to the bench with southpaw Carlos Rodon on the bump for Chicago. He may find himself out of the starting nine again Tuesday in the first game of the Yankees' two-game set with the Red Sox, as lefty Chris Sale will be on the hill for Boston in that contest.

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