Yankees' Greg Bird will undergo knee surgery, sidelined 6-8 weeks

"We're ready to start the season", Sabathia said.

But further examination of Bird's foot has now revealed that he has a "small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle". Enjoy New York Yankee baseball this season thanks to 1045 The Team.

The slugger is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks. "Then he should be good to go".

If the Stanton call doesn't "work", it will not be the first time Sterling has had to shift gears. For now, Walker and Austin should be given the opportunity to hold down the fort. "Just being on this team is special, so I'm excited".

The 25-year-old has a powerful bat but has had trouble staying healthy.

This is the second consecutive year that Bird had a late spring training injury. The surgery will be performed by foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O'Malley, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Offering pop from both sides of the plate, Walker won't produce the way the Yankees believe Bird can, but he won't be an easy out in a stacked lineup, either. Most notably, he homered off Andrew Miller to account for the lone run in a 1-0 victory over Cleveland in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. But Bird can do one thing none of those three can: hit left-handed.

"I guess I am", he said with a smile.

Boone said he's confident Austin can fill the void at first.

The righthanded-hitting Tyler Austin, 26, was added to the 25-man roster.

Greg Bird is once again headed under the knife.

Ellsbury played his first six-plus seasons with the Boston Red Sox before signing a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees following the 2013 campaign. Walker was supposed to be the starter at second, which means Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes should see increased playing time.

The Greg Bird-Nick Johnson comparisons certainly aren't going to stop, that's for sure.

While the loss of Bird casts a bit of a pall over the opener, Boone said he's trying to think long term. Lastly, the Yankees just got Mike Ford back as a Rule 5 draft return.

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