The New York Yankees have already taken a blow to their 2016 season. The team announced first basemen Greg Bird will be out for the season and undergo surgery for a torn labrum.
Bird provided a major boost to the Yankee lineup when Mark Teixeira went down with his season ending injury. Bird finished with 11 homers and 31 RBI along with a .261 batting average in 46 games. Bird had the most home runs by a Yankees rookie since Robinson Cano hit 14 in 2005.
Bird was projected to start in the minor leagues this season, but was bound to be a factor for the Yankees at some point this season especially with injury prone Teixeira. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed this tweeting, “Yankees were not planning to have Bird on MLB roster. Thought of him as 1b only (no OF), and so he was going to be at AAA in case of injury.”
Sweeny Murti of WFAN sports radio tweeted, “Yankees say Bird’s injury is a reoccurrence of a right shoulder injury sustained in May of 2015. More emphasis on healthy 2016 for Teixeira.” This injury surely puts more pressure on Teixeira. Teixeira was having a strong injury before sustaining his own injury, but he must find a way to stay healthy and finish out the whole season.
The Yankees issues with health continue to pile up each season, which is why the young talent in players such as Greg Bird were still going to be a critical part to the team’s success in 2016. The Yankees should be able to compete for a playoff spot in 2016, but this all hinges on the aging veterans continuing a strong performance and the mergence of young players such as Luis Severino.