Yankees' Bird scratched because of sore right foot

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"He was just blocked by Greg Bird".

At 25 years old, Bird is considered to be the franchise's answer at first base for the foreseeable future. When the foot did not improve, O'Malley operated July 18 to remove the os trigonum bone in the ankle.

After a torrid 2017 spring training campaign, the 25-year-old struggled throughout the ensuing regular season with right foot and ankle setbacks, stemming from a deep ankle bruise suffered after fouling a ball off of it late last spring. Walker was supposed to be the starter at second, which means Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes should see increased playing time.

Dr. Armin Tehrany, an orthopedic surgeon and founder of Manhattan Orthopedic Care, said that contrary to numerous assumptions out there, the two aren't necessarily related. New York Yankees fans are understandably concerned that this may be proven true. However, this doesn't solve the problem of Who's on First.

Bird was scratched from the starting lineup in a split-squad road game Saturday against Atlanta.

Bird has been out of form in spring training, batting just.154 with one homer and 16 strikeouts in 52 at-bats. He was called up in August of the 2015 season to get some major league experience.

Neil Walker is likely to start at first base in Thursday's Opening Day fixture against Toronto Blue Jays. We assume when something crops up that's serious, we assume our body's going to let us know immediately.

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. "He may have had that for quite some time; he just never really noticed it until recently". He has covered the Yankees since 2009.

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