Bird gave the Yankees another reason to believe he could be able to put last season’s nightmare behind him, a year lost to shoulder surgery and rehab. He hit his first two homers of the spring, one to right off right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the first then another to left-center off southpaw Edgar Olmos in the sixth.
“That’s what you want to see,” manager manager Joe Girardi said of Bird’s performance. “We understand he had a year off, basically. He’s had good at-bats the last two days.”
Bird now has four extra-base hits in the past two days and reported no issues from playing on consecutive days. Not surprisingly, Bird had no complaints after being sidelined by a torn labrum.
I know it’s only spring training, but at least this is evidence that Bird is physically recovering from last season’s injury. Most of his projections are fairly subdued for this year, but he’s one piece that could help the Yankees exceed expectations.