As the Yankees are currently stuck with Chris Carter getting the bulk of playing time at first base, good news appears to be on the horizon. MLB.com’s Matthew Martell reported yesterday that Greg Bird would be taking off for Tampa on Sunday to prepare for rehab games.
Bird was placed on the 10-day disabled list back on May 2 with a bruised right ankle. That injury originally occurred at the end of Bird’s red-hot Spring Training, but continued to plague him into the regular season. The young first baseman was just 6-for-60 to start the year; a far cry from his torrid .451 in the Grapefruit League.
Bird had added running to his rehab regiment in New York, after starting with simple tee and soft-toss work. He eventually started to take ground balls as well.
Another Yankee working his way back from a foot injury is fellow first baseman, Tyler Austin. The Georgia-native suffered a fracture of the navicular area of his left foot back in February, and started the season on the 60-day disabled list. His rehab is in a much more advanced stage than Bird’s. Austin is currently slashing a gaudy .429/.529/.786 for the AA Trenton Thunder, and recently was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to continue his return. Austin is eligible to be activated from the disabled list in early June.