Bird flew back to NY to visit foot specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley on Monday, where the Yankees learned of the news that he would need surgery for a second consecutive season.
With the timetable of 6-8 weeks for Bird's return, that likely places his comeback date somewhere in June.
With lefthander Martin Perez expected to start the season on the 10-day disabled list, and the Rangers wanting Mike Minor to pitch on extended rest when starting for the first time in four seasons, they will need a spot starter April 2 at Oakland.
Teixeira, who is entering his second season working with ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" after retiring with the Yankees in 2016, dealt with his own health woes as his career winded down, but was alarmed by the fact Bird is already dealing with them at 25. "We feel like we know what the surgery's going to accomplish".
Bird will have surgery Tuesday to remove a small broken spur on the outside of the right ankle. Dr. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to operate Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY. Boone said. "He's had a good spring".
The Yankees' plans for the time being are switch-hitting second baseman Neil Walker, a free acquisition on March 12, and Tyler Austin, a long-time first baseman prospect who had been optioned to Triple-A last week. So you'll see different combinations of Walker at first, Wade at second.
Austin is looking forward to the opportunity. Bird made his debut in 2015 for chrissake and we're still waiting for him to play more than a month or two before suffering a serious injury. "This seems big to me", said Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray, acquired from the Athletics last summer. But I believe we have the pieces in here to make up for what is lost when he's out. When the foot did not improve, O'Malley operated July 18 to remove the os trigonum bone in the ankle. He batted.244 with three homers and six RBIs in the playoffs. 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.
Bird hit.154 in the spring. That came after he fouled a ball off his ankle on the final day of spring training.