2017 has been a frustrating season for Yankees first baseman Greg Bird. Since Spring Training, no one knew exactly what was wrong with Bird’s ankle, even to the point where an anonymous source questioned Bird’s desire to be a ball player.
All of that changed after a recent doctor’s visit, and after nearly four months of questions, the Yankees finally have their answer.
A doctor diagnosed Bird with inflammation in his os trigonum. The os trigonum is known as the most common accessory bone in the foot, and removing excess bone growth usually means surgery.
Bird has inflammation of os trigonum (extra bone behind ankle). Doc says might be his issue. Options? Another cortisone shot or remove bone.
The Yankees gave Bird a novocain shot, and will later decide if he should undergo surgery or have a cortisone shot. If Bird has surgery on his foot, he could be out for 6-8 weeks, which means he could be back by mid-September.
However, the Yankees aren’t getting their hopes up on Bird’s return. They recently traded Tyler Webb to Milwaukee in exchange for first baseman Garrett Cooper. Cooper will make his debut this weekend as the Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox in a four-game series.