Yankees’ Greg Bird Once Again Sidelined for Surgery

Yankees’ Greg Bird Once Again Sidelined for Surgery

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will have surgery on Tuesday to remove a broken bone spur on his right ankle, which is expected to sideline him for six to eight weeks.

Bird, who missed most of the last two seasons with injuries, had complained Saturday of increasing soreness in the area around his ankle. He had surgery on that area last July to remove a small bone.

After being scratched from Saturday’s game, Bird was given a magnetic resonance imaging exam and a CT scan, which revealed inflammation. The diagnosis of a broken bone spur on Monday came from the foot specialist Martin O’Malley, who had performed last year’s operation on Bird.

The surgery is unwelcome news for the Yankees, who open their season Thursday at Toronto.

The team was counting on Bird’s smooth left-handed swing to balance the middle of their order, which leans heavily right-handed with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.

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