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Greg Bird to undergo x-rays on sore elbow

Coming into Spring Training, New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was determined to make the Opening Day roster and get his injury-plagued career back on track. But with the 2019 campaign slated to begin next Thursday, Bird’s chances of making the roster are now in jeopardy.

According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, Bird was scheduled to play this afternoon. However, he was sent back to Tampa to undergo x-rays on his sore elbow. He was hit by a pitch during Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros, and initially wasn’t worried.Β  But when Bird arrived to camp on Thursday morning, the team decided to send him in for x-rays.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn’t want Bird to play through the soreness because he was worried it would affect his mechanics. While there was a possibility of Bird playing during today’s game, Boone ultimately decided against it.

Bird was having an excellent Spring Training, hitting .342/.479/.658 with three homers and eight RBI’s. He was in competition with Luke Voit for the starting first base job, but with Aaron Hicks starting the season on the IL, both players were slated to make the roster.

UPDATE

The X-Ray and CT scan on Bird’s elbow both came back negative. Bird will likely play on Saturday or Sunday.

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