As a human, I don’t wish painful medical procedures on anyone. As a Red Sox fan, I’m relishing in the fact that the Yankees lineup will be without one of their players for a good chunk of the season.
Ahead of Opening Day, Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery on his right ankle this week to remove a broken spur. He will have to rehab for 6-8 weeks before being able to get in on the action.
The Yankees already have to worry about Giancarlo Stanton staying healthy and Aaron Judge potentially falling victim to the ‘Sophomore Slump.’ Bird falling victim to yet another injury is not an ideal way for the Baby Bombers to start the season. He missed the entirety of the 2016 season with a torn labrum, and then missed a large chunk of 2017 after fouling a ball off his right ankle at the end of Spring Training, an injury that also led to surgery.
Former Yankee Mark Teixeira, who said the Yankees should be “very concerned” about Bird, gave his two cents:
“We’re not talking about a 35-year-old at the end of his career… You expect those things from older players. This is a guy who’s just started his career [with] 300 at-bats in the big leagues. So you do worry that maybe either he’s the most unlucky player in baseball or there’s something physically that he’s not able to heal as well as some other players.”
In future news, here’s Greg Bird watching the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series:
Photo: New York Post