Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Tuesday, and the 23-year-old took to Instagram to prove it.
Bird posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed on Instagram Wednesday.
“Day 1 . . . can’t say enough about how much I appreciate all the support I’ve received from everyone,” Bird wrote in the caption. “To the staff @hspecialsurgery, thank you for all the hard work you put in to make this a successful day. Tomorrow I’ll begin to work as efficiently as I possibly can to return, stronger than before, as soon as I can to help this team win games. The #chasefor28 continues . . . #yankees”
Bird, who will miss the entire 2016 season, hit .261 with a .343 on-base percentage and .529 slugging percentage as a rookie last season. He had 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and 26 runs in 157 at-bats.
The Yankees expect Bird to be ready to return by spring training 2017.