MINNEAPOLIS — Greg Bird isn’t ready to raise the white flag on his 2017 season.
“My season is not over,” the first baseman said Tuesday in a statement released by his agent. “I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.’’
That, however, remains a long shot, the reason the Yankees have been operating for several weeks under the assumption they will not see Bird, 24, again this season.
Bird, hampered all season by a right ankle bone bruise and unable to play since May 1, underwent surgery Tuesday morning to remove the os trigonum bone from his right foot. Doctors believe that had been the reason for Bird’s slow recovery from the bone bruise he sustained March 30 in his final Grapefruit League game of the spring.
Expected recovery time before Bird can resume baseball activities is six weeks.
“In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers,” said Bird, 6-for-60 with one homer and three RBIs in 19 games in April. “All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.”
Frazier staying power
Rookie outfielder Clint Frazier, coming off a two-double night Monday, got another start Tuesday, entering the game hitting .308 and slugging .718 in his first 11 games.
“I’m going to find ways to play him,” Girardi said. “I like the way he’s swinging the bat, I like what he brings to the table.”
Clean it up
An error committed by starter Bryan Mitchell contributed to a key Twins run Monday night, the continuation of season-long inconsistency fielding the ball.
“I think average is what we’ve played,” Girardi said. “There’s double plays we should have turned that we haven’t . . . defense is extremely important and at times we have not played great defense.”
Michael Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a right UCL tear Tuesday . . . Girardi said Aaron Judge, in a 1-for-21 skid to start the second half entering Tuesday, would have the day off Wednesday.