Bird (ankle) will likely be activated from the 10-day disabled list for Saturday's game against the Angels, the New York Daily News reports.
Bird underwent ankle surgery in late March and is still looking to make his 2018 debut for the Yankees. The 25-year-old played in four consecutive games in his rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this week with no apparent issue. Bird would face right-hander Jaime Barria if he is in the starting lineup against the Angels on Saturday.
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.
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