Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Greg Bird Could Return by Memorial Day

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Greg Bird Could Return by Memorial Day

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NEW YORK — Greg Bird could return to the Yankees lineup before Memorial Day.

On Thursday, Bird will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Class A Tampa, which could have him back in the big leagues within "10-20 days, kind of depending how it goes," said manager Aaron Boone.

Participating in extended spring training at Tampa, Fla., Bird went 2-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday, his second straight day facing live pitching since undergoing right ankle surgery on March 27.

"He felt it was the best he's felt," Boone said on Wednesday about his lefty-swinging first baseman's rehab. "One of the good things for Greg is he basically had a full spring training," Boone said. "But that being said, we have to build him up to where he's playing nine innings. …

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