Yanks' Greg Bird may have ankle surgery, Garrett Cooper to debut

BOSTON — Greg Bird, who hasn’t played since May 1, could require surgery on his right ankle, Brian Cashman said Friday.

Bird saw Dr. Martin O’Malley on Monday. The 24-year-old first baseman has inflammation in his os trigonum, a small bone at the back of his ankle. It is an injury typically associated with dancers and track-and-field athletes.

Bird recently received a Novocain injection and took batting practice with Class-A Staten Island this week.

He is set to have another doctor’s appointment with O’Malley on Monday.

Bird, who had received a cortisone shot from Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina which did not work, will either get a second cortisone shot or undergo surgery, which would sideline him for six-to-eight weeks.

“He had one cortisone injection that failed to resolve the problem, so I think that a surgical situation is a real possibility, on a date to be determined,” Cashman said. “I think I’ve been very public about the fact that we believe Greg Bird is our first baseman of the present and future, despite not having access to his abilities in the present.”

The Yankees have promoted recently acquired first baseman Garrett Cooper, who will make his MLB debut Friday night at Fenway Park. Cooper is a 26-year-old righty hitter, and the Yankees are facing lefties Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale and David Price in Boston.

Cooper produced a 1.080 OPS at Triple-A Colorado Springs, Milwaukee’s top affiliate.

“The bar has been set very low for 2017 for anybody to help us at that position,” Cashman said when asked about his expectations for Cooper.

Cooper will be the team’s eighth different starter at first this season.


— Matt Holliday has been reinstated from the disabled list on Friday and will DH and bat clean-up.

— Starlin Castro (hamstring) could be back as early as Saturday. Castro went 1-for-3 during a rehab game with Double-A Trenton on Thursday and will play for Double-A Trenton again on Friday.  

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