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By Ross Sutton
News came out today that Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will be out 6-8 weeks as he he recovers from surgery that will remove a bone spur from his right ankle. This is horrible news for both Bird and the Yankees as a whole, as Bird has struggled to stay healthy to this point in his career. Bird missed the majority of last year with a similar injury as he had a bone removed from his foot. This is an incredibly unfortunate injury as there were large expectations for Bird for this year and this feels eerily similar to last year when there was a lot of hype around Bird for the 2017 season.
The Yankees will use Tyler Austin and Neil Walker to fill in for Bird as he recovers from surgery, but the Yankees will surely miss Bird’s sweet lefty swing in the middle of the lineup to mix in with the righties (Judge, Stanton, Sanchez). I assume Austin and Walker will both play a good amount of first base, but this means that if he didn’t before, Ronald Torreyes probably has a roster spot locked up to play a lot of second base since Walker will see a good amount of time at first. I doubt the Yankees will make a major move because of this injury, but now maybe they will call up Gleybar Torres a little sooner than they originally planned so that he can play second base and bring a little more power to the lineup when Walker is playing first base.
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