ANAHEIM, Calif. — All indications are Greg Bird’s health is just fine, but his swing isn’t.
And until the Yankees deem it is, it doesn’t sound like the first baseman will be rejoining the club anytime soon.
“The results, they haven’t been great,” Joe Girardi said Wednesday. “Trying to get him going is what we’re trying to do. We’ll continue to let him play and hopefully he gets it going.”
Bird, who has been out since May 2 with a right ankle bone bruise, went 0-for-3 Wednesday night in his sixth rehab game, dropping his average to .143 with a .595 OPS.
Girardi didn’t shoot down the possibility of Bird staying in the minors until his swing has returned with results to prove it.
“You want to see him swinging the bat and making hard contact, I think that’s the big thing,” Girardi said. “I’m not there so I’m not necessarily watching the whole at-bat and how he’s reacting to pitches, but when you look at the numbers, they’re not what we expect from Greg Bird.”
Judge starts at DH
Aaron Judge got a partial day off Wednesday night, starting at DH as Rob Refsnyder got the start in right field.
“I need to get Judge a day here somewhere,” Girardi said of the 25-year-old, who started 58 of the Yankees’ first 62 games in right. “Try to get him off his feet a little bit and he stays somewhat rested in his legs. Trying to keep all the guys strong during this stretch [33 games in 34 days].”
Matt Holliday started at first in place of Chris Carter.
Chapman nears return
LHP Aroldis Chapman (left rotator cuff inflammation) threw a 23-pitch simulated game Wednesday and will pitch for Double-A Trenton Friday. If all goes well, he’ll return Sunday in Oakland.