Boone Gives Injury Update, Says Bird Will Likely Return Saturday

Mike Francesa
May 24, 2018 - 6:05 pm
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It looks as if the Yankees will be adding even more firepower to its already dangerous lineup.

First baseman Greg Bird, who has been out since March 27 due to right ankle surgery, will likely make his return to the Bronx this weekend against the Angels, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

"The plan right now is for Bird to likely be activated Saturday," Boone said to Mike Francesa on Thursday's Mike's On. "That's obviously something we're still working through, but right now I would expect that, assuming everything goes according to plan over the next couple of days, he would be ready to go for us on Saturday."

Bird began his rehab assignment a couple of weeks ago and is now playing at Triple-A Scranton, where he has homered in two of his last three games.

With Bird finally making his return to the Yankees, a roster spot will have to be created for the talented first baseman. The front office will be forced to make a very tough call on who gets sent down considering the way everyone in the lineup has performed recently.

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"That's a very difficult decision facing us that we're still kind of working through," the manager told Francesa. "But you're right because frankly, everyone on this team has contributed, and has contributed in a profound way. We do have a very difficult and perhaps not a fun decision ahead of us this weekend."

Boone provided injury updates for the several players from the bullpen as well, telling Francesa that Tommy Kahnle will be activated on Friday, while Adam Warren still has a ways to go in his recovery from a back injury.

"Warren is still probably a couple weeks out," Boone said Thursday. "He's about ready to start an actual rehab assignment. He's been throwing off the mound. I think he threw in a sim game yesterday, or an intersquad game down in Tampa. He's moving along, and we'll want to build him up a little bit, make sure he's built up from a pitch and inning standpoint.

"Assuming everything goes well, probably within the next 10 days to couple weeks for Adam."

New York begins a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday at Yankee Stadium.