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Yankees Prospect Bird Out For 2016 Season

According to YesNetwork.com, the official webpage of the broadcast home of the New York Yankees, first baseman Greg Bird will be out for the entire 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

First reported by New York Post’s baseball insider Joel Sherman, Bird felt pain in his shoulder when he was in the minor leagues for the 2015 season. During the offseason, in preparation for 2016, Bird again had issues. After getting checked out by physicans, he was diagnosed with a torn labrum.

The Yankees announced that Dr. David Altchek will be doing the surgery on Bird’s labrum Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Bird came up to the Bronx late in 2015 after a season ending injury to Mark Teixeira. In 46 games, Bird hit .261 with 11 homeruns and 31 runs batted in. According to Sherman, Bird was not planned to be on the MLB Roster to start the year for the Yankees, as they wanted him to continue his reps at first base in Triple-A. The long term goal would be for Bird to be the full-time first baseman going into the 2017 season.

Estimated time of recovery from a torn labrum is 6-9 months.

Jon Harder

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