Bird Grounded: New York Yankees 1B Already on the Pine

Aaron Boone Gary Sanchez will catch every Yankees starter

Aaron Boone Gary Sanchez will catch every Yankees starter

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that the first baseman will undergo surgery Tuesday to "remove a small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle" and will miss at least six to eight weeks. Following his semi-breakout 2015 Major League Baseball serving size (11 HR in 46 games), he underwent right shoulder surgery to fix a torn labrum, keeping him out the entire 2016 season.

Bird's predecessor at first base, Mark Teixeira, believes the Yankees should be concerned by his injury problems.

Bird hit.190 overall past year but had eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games after he returned from the disabled list in late August. The trend of promising power and low averages continued in spring training this year as the 26-year-old Austin batted.227 in 44 at-bats during the exhibition season with four home runs and six RBI.

Bird fouled a ball off his right ankle in the Yankees' final spring-training game in 2017.

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Now, the Bombers must contemplate whether Bird - who was so dynamic in the playoffs, posting three homers and a.938 OPS - can be their long-term answer at first. 3B Brandon Drury, hit on the left elbow by pitch Friday, is set to play in Monday night's spring-training finale at Atlanta.

"He was just blocked by Greg Bird". "Tyler Austin is ready for this opportunity".

The Yankees have some flexibility on the right side of the infield with Walker able to play both first and second base. Walker was supposed to be the starter at second, which means Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes should see increased playing time.

Austin gives the Yankees a right-handed complement to Walker with more power. "We're certainly going to miss Greg, but we feel good about what we can do from a matchup standpoint with those guys".