The Yankees hope taking Greg Bird off his feet will do the trick.
Nothing else has.
The 24-year-old was placed on the 10-day DL Tuesday with the right ankle bruise that has hindered him since March 30 when he fouled a ball off his foot in Clearwater, Fla.
Rob Refsnyder took Bird’s spot on the roster.
“Players play through things but this one just seems to not be healing,” Joe Girardi said.
Bird never used the ankle as an excuse for his horrific slump to start the season — he’s hitting .100/.250/.200 — but didn’t discount it either.
“I tried to get through it as best I could, but it’s frustrating,” said Bird, who hit .451/.556/1.098 with eight homers in the spring. “I definitely think I’m better than what I showed. I know what I’m capable of.”
Bird, who has had two MRIs on the ankle, will not do any baseball activities for 7-10 days.
The situation is reminiscent of Mark Teixeira in 2015. On Aug. 17 of that season the first baseman fouled a ball off his lower right leg and initial tests showed a bone bruise. Teixeira never improved, even as an additional test taken two weeks later continued to show a bruise. Finally, a third MRI taken nearly a month later showed a fracture.
“We’re pretty confident there are no breaks,” Girardi said. “But bone bruises, they’re tricky. They can last months.”
Ellsbury banged up
Girardi didn’t rule out a DL stint for Jacoby Ellsbury, who described his left elbow as “sore” after crashing into the centerfield wall Monday night making a catch.
An MRI Tuesday showed a bruised nerve. With the Yankees playing three games in Chicago against the Cubs this weekend and two more in Cincinnati next Monday and Tuesday, the DL could become necessary.
“If he hasn’t made some improvement and we feel like he’s not a complete player then we probably have to make a move,” Girardi said.
Girardi said the plan for Gary Sanchez was that he would catch six or seven innings Tuesday and Wednesday nights, then DH on Thursday. With no setbacks, he’ll join the Yankees Friday.