Greg Bird saw a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday and received a cortisone shot in his troublesome right ankle, the Yankees announced on Wednesday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the plan is for Bird — who has been out since May 2 with a bone bruise — to rest three to six days before resuming his so far unsuccessful bid to return from the vexing injury.
Bird, who saw Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, had his minor-league rehab assignment halted on Thursday because of discomfort.
“Hopefully he responds well,” Cashman said. “We’ll see. We’re trying to get back to the point where there are no issues going on. My understanding was, ‘Let’s see if he feels good in three to six days, then let’s turn him loose again.’
“I’ll be honest: What’s that ‘turn him loose’ mean? We’ll get some more clarification on that. Is it turn him loose with baseball activity? Start him at a low level or turn him loose where, ‘Hey, you can go right back out to rehab games?’ I’ve got to get some clarification. First and foremost, we’ve got to see how he responds the next three to six days.”
Cashman said he “absolutely” expects Bird to return to the Yankees this season — and to hit well. But first he has to feel well.
“When we hit that nirvana, then I think he’ll be hitting a lot of baseballs all over the diamond,” Cashman said. “That won’t be an issue.”
Roger Clemens made what is believed to be his first appearance at new Yankee Stadium. Clemens, who a team spokesman said was making an appearance on the suite level, walked through the Yankees clubhouse after the game but did not speak with reporters.
Luis Cessa will make his second start on Saturday in place of the injured CC Sabathia. Cessa allowed four runs in four innings in a loss to the A’s on Sunday . . . Adam Warren (shoulder) said he does not expect to be ready to return when his 10-day DL stint ends on Monday.