Bird To Return To Yankees' Lineup

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias throws out New York Yankees' Brett Gardner during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is scheduled to play Saturday, three days after getting on the right elbow by a pitch from Houston's Wade Miley.
"I'm just glad it's good," Bird said on Friday.
Bird and Luke Voit will likely share time at first base and designated hitter to start the regular season. The pair have been competing for the first base job but both are expected to make the 25-man roster because of injuries to others.
Bird hit 11 homers and drove in 31 runs in 46 games in late 2015. He missed all of 2016 following right shoulder surgery, was limited to 48 games in 2017 because of ankle and knee issues and slumped to a .199 average with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 82 games last year, when he started the season on the disabled list following right ankle surgery.
The 26-year old has had a strong spring training, hitting .333 (13 for 39) with three homers and eight RBIs in 17 games.
"Ready to get going," Bird said.
TRAINER'S ROOM
Ace Luis Severino (right shoulder inflammation) is to increase his throwing program to 90 feet Saturday. He had Friday off after two days of playing catch at 60 feet. ... Reliever Dellin Betances (right shoulder inflammation) will resume throwing in the next couple days. ... CF Aaron Hicks (lower back) has not resumed baseball activities.



 
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