No one called it a setback, but it wasn’t what the Yankees and Greg Bird were looking for either.
Bird, on the DL since May 2 with a right ankle bruise, was evaluated Thursday afternoon. The Yankees hoped the first baseman would be cleared to resume baseball activities.
Though all involved declared there had been significant improvement in the ankle, it was not enough for the 24-year-old to get the go-ahead.
“When the pain’s gone, he’ll start,” Girardi said after the game. “Bone bruises are tricky. You don’t ever really know. He’s much better than he was but until he’s basically pain-free, there’s no reason to start.”
Bird said “we’ve made good progress” and feels “a lot closer than we were a week ago,” but obviously not out of the woods yet.
“It’s encouraging because it’s getting better,” Bird said. “But it’s still not perfect and I’m not playing baseball yet, so that’s discouraging.”
McCann: My bad
Astros catcher Brian McCann was angry with himself after he got called for catcher’s interference with Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate and the bases loaded, driving in a run. They were teammates last season on the Yankees when Ellsbury set the single-season record by reaching base on catcher’s interference 12 times. “That’s my fault. I played with him last year and he had a ton of them,” McCann said. “It was bad on my part for not scooting back.”
The Yankees recalled RHP Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 25-year-old, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 who put himself on the radar last season when he posted a 1.27 ERA between Double-A Trenton and Scranton, had a 3.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 10 games this season. Gallegoes, who parents flew in from Mexico Thursday afternoon, struck out 26 and walked six.
Never too soon . . .
The Braves, Royals and Marlins, three teams likely to be in sell-mode at the trade deadline, were among the teams who had scouts at the Stadium Thursday night.