The bird won’t be the word in the Bronx nor in Scranton Wilkes-Barre during the 2016 season after Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that first baseman Greg Bird suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will undergo surgery on Tuesday. The Yankees believe the injury is a reoccurrence of one he suffered last May as a member of the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
I have learned Greg Bird is going to miss all of the 2016 season. Going for shoulder surgery tomorrow #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 1, 2016
Bird, 23, a fifth round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2011, emerged as one of the organization’s top prospects last season, hitting .277 (88-for-318) with 12 home runs and 52 runs batted in between the Thunder and the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Promoted to the Yankees after Mark Teixeira suffered a season-ending leg injury in August, Bird became a fan favorite and one of the team’s most important players down the stretch with 11 home runs and 31 runs batted in just 178 plate appearances, helping lead the Yankees to their first postseason appearance since 2012.
With Teixiera entering the final of his contract, many expected Bird to spend the entire 2016 season in Triple-A and provide insurance once again if Teixiera succumb to injury. Bird’s season-ending injury marks the second consecutive year that a Yankees prospect was lost for the season with an offseason shoulder surgery after catching prospect Luis Torrens missed the entire 2015 campaign with a similar injury.