KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Greg Bird at long last returned to the field Thursday — though that’s not to mean a return to the lineup is imminent.
Still, it’s progress after a couple of weeks of none.
The first baseman, on the disabled list since May 2 with a right ankle bone bruise, did some light running Thursday at the Stadium.
“Some slow figure-eights, that sort of thing,” Joe Girardi said. “Our hope is that we get him back on the field doing baseball things when we get back from this road trip [Monday].”
Bird, hampered by the bone bruise since March 30 when he fouled a ball off his foot in the club’s last Grapefruit League game, had been unable to do activity of any sort without feeling discomfort.
“My assumption is he feels a lot better,” Girardi said.
After going through full baseball activities, the next step would be a rehab assignment, the length of which cannot yet be determined.
“You have to be assured that he can play multiple days in a row and it doesn’t affect him,” Girardi said. “We’re not going to bring him until we feel he’s ready.”
Chase Headley committed two errors Wednesday night, giving him nine for the season. The third baseman, after committing a career-worst 23 in 2015, was charged with just 10 last season.
“He started off great and then, it’s been some fielding, some throwing,” Girardi said. “He’s just kind of in a rut. He’s also made some great plays, too. He’ll come out of it.”
Girardi the committeeman
MLB announced Thursday that Girardi would serve on the “reconstituted” competition committee, responsible for advising the Commissioner and team owners on on-field matters.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to be more involved in the game,” said Girardi, approached last winter about joining the committee. “I think the committee is really well-rounded having owners, general managers, presidents, managers, ex-players . . . I think the game is really good right now and really healthy, but if you’re standing still, to me, you’re not making progress.”