Greg Bird to Undergo Ankle Surgery, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks

Aaron Boone Gary Sanchez will catch every Yankees starter

BC-BBA-Yankees-Bird, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 782Yanks' Greg Bird needs ankle surgery again, out 6-8 weeksAP Photo NY176Eds: Updates with comments from Boone, Austin, additional details.

The Yankees first baseman is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to remove a small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle, the team announced Monday.

Bird injured his ankle in Spring Training on Saturday. Bird underwent an MRI and CT scan but those tests showed no structural damage.

Mark Teixeira said the Yankees should be "very concerned" about Bird - not necessarily about this setback, but about the fact he's been unable to stay on the field.

Bird returned August 26 and hit.253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games, then batted.241 three homers and six RBIs in 13 playoff games. Since then, Sanchez has taken the high road, repeatedly saying that he believed Girardi and the Yanks' coaches were trying to help him."We forget, he's still a young kid", Brett Gardner said.

For that answer, we will look to the truthers of Brian Cashman.

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The Yankees haven't had a regular first baseman since Mark Teixeira left following the 2016 season.

This is the second consecutive year that Bird had a late spring training injury. If Bird misses just a few days, Teixeira is confident Neil Walker and Tyler Austin can fill in.

Perched near home plate, a fungo bat cradled within his grip, Aaron Boone has spent the past six weeks delighting in the thunder that the Yankees possess. Although an extended disabled list stint could have resulted in Miguel Andujar getting the call from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, such a decision would have only convoluted essential roster decisions upon Drury's return.

Tyler Austin has played 35 of his 51 career Major League Baseball games at first base, batting.236 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. While the 32-year-old has nearly exclusively covered the four-hole in his career, he has played a handful of games at first and has gotten more work there this spring. "So I think Yankee fans are holding their breath right now".

"Hopefully we get a clearer picture of the what and why and all that when he goes to the doctor tomorrow", Boone said, per Witz.

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