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Greg Bird takes flight for Yankees after shoulder injury

New York Yankees' Greg Bird rounds the bases

New York Yankees' Greg Bird rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the ninth inning of an exhibition spring training game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Kissimmee, Fla. Photo Credit: AP / David Goldman

First baseman Greg Bird was one of the more impressive Yankees during spring training, posting a .706 slugging percentage in 13 games and drawing rave reviews from general manager Brian Cashman and Yankees legend Reggie Jackson.

He was sent to Double-A Trenton to start the season, and though he hit .242 in April, his .390 on-base percentage and .485 slugging percentage pointed to the power and patience that had pushed Bird toward the front of the Yankees' prospect pack.

But a shoulder issue in early May sent him to the disabled list for nearly a month, delaying a developmental track that likely would have seen him promoted to Triple-A sometime during the summer.

Bird returned on June 4 and has attacked Double-A pitching. In six games, he's 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles and a home run. He's struck out only three times and has a hit in five of the six games, three of which have been multi-hit games.

Bird was 2-for-4 with a double during Trenton's 6-0 win over Erie on Thursday.

Righthanders Kyle Haynes (five innings), Sergio Santos (one inning), Johnny Barbato (two innings) and Mark Montgomery (one inning) combined on a one-hitter for Trenton. Haynes allowed the lone hit, a single, to the third batter of the game. He hit Connor Harrell with a pitch with two outs in the second and walked Wynton Bernard to lead off the fourth. Haynes' throwing error allowed James Robbins to reach with one out in the fourth, but from there, the pitchers combined to retire the final 17 Erie hitters.

Francisco Arcia was 2-for-4 with a home run, and rightfielder Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Thunder (35-25, 2nd place in Eastern League Eastern, 0.5 games back).


(35-27, 1st place in International League North)

Third baseman Cole Figueroa kept up his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with two doubles during a 9-2 win over Rochester. Since May 27, Figueroa is 24-for-61 (.393) with nine doubles and a home run. He has four walks and three strikeouts and is slugging .590 during that stretch.

Righthander Kyle Davis struck out three in 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, one walk and two runs.


(29-31, 3rd place in Florida State League North, 6 games back)

Jupiter won both ends of a doubleheader over Tampa, 3-1 in Game 1, and 4-3 in Game 2.

Lefthander Jordan Montgomery struck out five in seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs during a complete game loss in Game 1. Third baseman Miguel Andujar homered and catcher Kyle Higashioka went 2-for-3 with a double during Game 2.


(29-31, 3rd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 4 games back)

Centerfielder Dustin Fowler went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base, and rightfielder Austin Aune went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk as the RiverDogs beat Hickory, 4-3. Righthander Matt Marsh earned the win with five innings of scoreless relief. Marsh struck out four and allowed two hits and two walks.


(7-4, 2nd place in DL Boca Chica South, 0.5 games back)

Jonathan Padilla struck out seven in six innings, allowing five hits and three runs (one earned), but the Yankees fell to the DSL Rojos, 7-6. Centerfielder Estevan Florial was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. In three games, Florial is 7-for-11 with a double, a triple, two walks and one strikeout.


(5-6, T-8th place in DSL Boca Chica North, 3 games back)

Shortstop Danienger Perez, third baseman Griffin Garabito and centerfielder Erick Mendez each tripled, and the Yankees rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie and beat the DSL Braves, 6-3. Perez has a hit in nine of his 10 games this season, including four multi-hit games. He has a six-game hitting streak, during which he's 8-for-23 (.347) with five doubles and a triple.


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