MINNEAPOLIS — The Yankees have been proceeding for some time as if they would not have the services of first baseman Greg Bird for the rest of 2017, the reason general manager Brian Cashman has been exploring trade options.
That became all but official Monday afternoon. Bird, out most of the season because of a right ankle bone bruise suffered March 30, saw a specialist who recommended surgery on his troublesome foot.
Joe Girardi said Bird, 24, will undergo surgery for a condition known as os trigonum syndrome, which, Cashman said last week, involves excess bone growth in the foot area. Recovery time is at least six weeks, all but eliminating Bird from playing for the big-league club this season.
Bird, who went 6-for-60 in 19 games this season, sat out last year after having surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Although he still is considered the first baseman of the future, Girardi said another lost season makes it difficult to assume that will be the case.
“I think the organization has to look at it,” he said. “I think you have to see how he comes back. We’re expecting a full recovery and him to be fine, but I think you always have to address those things. The hope is, yeah, but it’s not easy missing two years.”
n Frazier bats second
Rookie outfielder Clint Frazier batted second Monday night and had two doubles in four at-bats, raising his average to .308. He has three homers, two triples and three doubles in his first 11 games.
“His at-bats have been really good,” Girardi said. “He’s athletic, he runs the bases extremely well and we just thought, let’s give it a look.”
n Pineda chooses surgery
Michael Pineda, who was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow late last week, saw Dr. Timothy Kremchek for a second opinion and received the same recommendation the Yankees’ doctors gave. Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Cincinnati.