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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Yankees are currently riding a streak of 17 wins in 18 games, they are about to get stronger as more reinforcements are on the way: Greg Bird (ankle) and Billy McKinney (shoulder) are about to begin rehab assignments with Single-A Tampa Tarpons.

Bird, who underwent surgery on March 27, is in his sixth week of his recovery process and is expected to need 10 to 14 days of rehab appearances before he makes his season debut with the Yankees.

The 25-year-old Bird missed most of last season with an ankle injury and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur. Last year, he hit .190 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 48 games.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hits a home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with two walks in his first extended spring training game Monday as he looks to return from ankle surgery.

Bird, who underwent surgery on March 27, is in his sixth week of his recovery process and is expected to need 10 to 14 days of rehab appearances before he makes his season debut with the Yankees.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will bat Monday in extended spring training for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right ankle, manager Aaron Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Bird underwent surgery on March 27 to remove a bone spur in his ankle, an issue he said he dealt with last year, and is in the fifth week of a recovery process that was expected to take six to eight weeks.

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New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier singles during the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier homered in a rehab game with High-A Tampa as he looks to return from a concussion.

Frazier, one of several Yankees on the disabled list, went 2-for-4 with the Tampa Tarpons and is now 3-for-15 since playing his first minor league game this week.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Injuries happen in sports.

It's a simple truth that the Yankees are coping with all too often early this season. Besides the injuries themselves, the Yankees are dealing with two players who withheld information to varying extents, though it is plausible the club could have handled the particular situations differently, potentially preventing or curtailing the current dilemma.

Tags: Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman didn't envision needing Monday's off-day to recuperate his squad this early in the season. But it was certainly needed with key players continuing to battle injury. 

The most notable has been CF Aaron Hicks (intercostal muscle strain), who is close to returning to the team. Cashman told the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo that he hopes to see him return "some time probably during the Tigers series," which is this coming weekend. He is hoping to see Hicks suit up for a minor-league game as early as Tuesday.

Catcher Gary Sanchez also caught the injury bug over the weekend, as he was experiencing right hamstring soreness and cramping which kept him out the past two games. Cashman says the team will evaluate him on Tuesday to see if he is game ready. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird told reporters on Sunday that his ankle issue dated back to last season and lingered into the spring, leaving him with no choice but to undergo surgery at the beginning of the season.

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New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks hits a single in the third inning during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have placed OF Aaron Hicks on the 10-day DL due to a Grade 1 right intercostal muscle strain and recalled OF Billy McKinney from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, GM Brian Cashman said Friday.

Hicks started in center field yesterday, playing the entire game while going 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. Cashman told reporters that Hicks felt the injury between his third and fourth at-bats.

The 23-year-old McKinney, who will be making his big league debut, hit .277/.338/.483 with 16 HR in 124 games while splitting last season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Greg Bird
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BNNY: Bird injured again 00:06:04
The panel breaks down the latest injury to Greg Bird and what it means for the Yankees' lineup in 2018 and the left-handed hitter's future.

Yankees 1B Greg Bird underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right ankle, the team announced.

Bird was evaluated by a foot specialist Monday as he was experiencing inflammation in his right foot. Now, with another surgery, Bird is likely to miss six-to-eight weeks.

Bird was scratched from the Yankees' lineup on Saturday and subsequently underwent tests, which revealed the inflammation. The 25-year-old underwent surgery to remove a bone from his right ankle last season as well...

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(Butch Dill)

The Yankees couldn't get anything going at the plate, as the Red Sox took them down, 5-0, on Friday. >> Box score


Things to know about today's game

1) Masahiro Tanaka technically took the loss on the day, but it wasn't a bad outing at all. He allowed just one solo homer out of the five hits he gave up, while striking out six and walking none over 5.2 innings. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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Mar 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Judge homered twice and drove in four runs to power the Yankees past the Orioles, 9-4, on Wednesday night in Tampa. >> Box score


Things to know about Wednesday's game

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Mar 18, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) is congratulated by left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 18, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) is congratulated by left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) as he hits a 2-run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Luis Severino allowed three runs across five innings, Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez homered, and the Yankees beat the Marlins, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon at George Steinbrenner Field >> Box score

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Adam Lind (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
Adam Lind (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

Anyone who has read my work about the Yankees (I'm still here, so there has to be a few of you) knows that I strive to be as objective as possible as I cover the team. I'm a fan. I don't necessarily hide that, however I believe I owe it to anyone taking the time to click on a link to offer more than a drooling fan-lust piece. That is, until today and for this particular piece.

I long for dented scoreboards situated well above the yellow line. I also live for Statcast home run distance measurements, launch angles and exit velocities. Like you, I look forward to tweets letting me know someone barreled up a baseball and it left the ballpark.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Every spectator in the stands at George M. Steinbrenner Field was looking for No. 27 in pinstripes as Giancarlo Stanton took the field for the first time as a Yankee. 

In his highly anticipated debut, Stanton said nerves weren't really a feeling he possessed walking out on the field. It's strictly business when he crosses the chalk. 

"Once I get in between the ilnes, it's ready to go," Stanton told ESPN's Coley Harvey. "But it's definitely a cool anticipation. Something new -- new and exciting."

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(Kim Klement)

Though overshadowed by the behemoth trio of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary SanchezGreg Bird is an important player in the Yankees' lineup. And both he and GM Brian Cashman are hoping he can stay on the field more this season. 

Bird's early career has already been ravaged by injuries, as shoulder surgery saw him miss the entire 2016 season, and he played just 48 big league games last year because of an ankle injury. 

Bird comes into Spring Training healthy, and despite his issues the past two seasons, Cashman believes he can keep it that way. 

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Feb 19, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees players warm up during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 19, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees players warm up during practice at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Vegas has the Yankees tied with the defending World Series-champion Astros for the best odds to win the American League pennant, per Bovada.

New York and Houston both have 11/4 odds to win the pennant, while the Indians (13/4) and Red Sox (6/1) are behind them.

The Yankees were a game short of the World Series last season, where the Astros eventually finished them off in their own Minute Maid Park on their way to their first World Series title in franchise history. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.

Dellin Betances

Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.

It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.

Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Chance Adams, Chase Headley, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

For Greg Bird, 2017 was supposed to be his breakout year. After a phenomenal spring training it looked like he was even better than advertized.

But he began the season in a slump before going down with an injury that'd keep him out until August. Once he did return and worked off the rust, Bird delivered what many expected of him. Now, ahead of 2018, he's desperate to show everyone what he can do over a full season. 

"I think people saw it, but I want to do it for a full season, I've got to do it for a full season," Bird said, via Erik Boland of Newsday. "That's what it's all about. I'm not going to lie, I'm anxious to show it, I want to. It's what I've wanted to do..."

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees enter the 2018 season with their first baseman set in stone, but will Greg Bird's body hold up long enough to reach his full potential?

Bird was anointed the starting first baseman last season, courtesy of his pedigree and a blistering spring training. But he fouled a ball off his right ankle just before camp broke. The injury seemed minor at the time, except the pain lingered. By the time doctors finally figured out Bird should have the os trigonum removed from his ankle, he had suffered through four and a half months of pain, three and a half of which was spent on the disabled list.

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Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (Mary Altaffer/AP)
Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The Yankees seem content, and rightly so, to wait for the price to come down on Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the market to come back to them on smaller trades or to pursue the free agent market. While it may not be the Yankees' desire, one has to wonder if going into spring training as currently constituted would be all that bad.

The Yankees lineup is stacked to the point that it can sustain two rookies facing an uphill battle against major league pitching. There is enough firepower with the Yankees seven presumed positional starters to not only to withstand the growing pains of rookies, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, or potential first-time full-timers, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but to balance their own downturns throughout the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) on deck in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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The Yankees rocked the baseball world by acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, who will further boost one of the game's prodigious offenses. The additional fire power will be welcomed, but there are several factors improved by Stanton's addition to the roster.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

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Just for future reference, the Yankees' club record for home runs in a season is 245, set in 2012. With what the Yanks have just done, that mark - and perhaps multiple other longball standards - is in serious jeopardy.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Anthony McCarron
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his brain trust will arrive in Orlando this weekend for the MLB Winter Meetings. Thus far, the Yankees have spent much of the offseason concentrating on filling their managerial opening and preparing a presentation for naught in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.

With Aaron Boone signed to lead the Yankees and Ohtani out of the picture, New York can concentrate on filling the minimal openings on the roster and potentially make some tweaks to open spots for rising youngsters or to free up payroll for other additions.

Here are some potential dealings (not to be mistaken for deals) the Yankees might be involved in next week:

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miami Marlins, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAny day now, the Yankees will make an announcement about the fates of their general manager and manager. One decision is crystal clear, while the other may be more about weighing the pros and cons.

Brian Cashman deserves chance to see transition through

Cashman has reinvented the Yankees' roster model after years of being coerced (or outdone by ownership) to focus on finding star-ladened components to bring a championship to New York. It worked in 2009, but an ever-aging roster began to weigh down the organization. Over time, the Yankees began to realize that something had to change. And the 2016 season gave them the chance...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Yankees and their fans are aching for a repeat of a young core to propel the club to a slew of World Series titles. It will be difficult for any team to win four World Series in five seasons, but there are some similarities to the 1990s core of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, to that of the current group of young players who have climbed the Yankees' farm system.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series in advance of many projections, and despite being sent home after a tough seven-game series, the key players should benefit immensely from the reps...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite losing in Game 7 of the ALCS to the Houston Astros on Saturday, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is already looking ahead to the 2018 season.

"We are all excited for next year," Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.

The Yankees entered the 2017 season with low expectations, as most analysts predicted them to miss the playoffs as they were heading into a rebuilding process. Instead, the team fell one win shy of reaching the World Series.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Houston Astros, Luis Severino
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(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Yanks hitters on beating Keuchel 00:01:04
Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Todd Frazier discuss hitting Dallas Keuchel in their Game 5 win over Houston in the ALCS.

The Yankees got to Astros ace Dallas Keuchel during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday, knocking him out in the fifth inning in their 5-0 victory. 

Keuchel had the Yankees' number since that Wild Card Game start in 2015. But a different approach at the plate knocked him out of Game 5 of the ALCS in 4 2/3 innings. 

The Yankees needed a win, and their gameplan worked in the Bronx. 

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi celebrates with his after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi embraced his coaches, then charged out of the New York Yankees' dugout, pumping his fists and hugging his players. With one back slap after another, there was no hiding his elation.

The manager's miscues from Game 2 of the AL Division Series no longer mattered, all thanks to the battling baby Bronx Bombers.

"People make mistakes and we pick each other up, that's what we do here," first baseman Greg Bird said. "We're going to keep doing that. ... It's got us to where we are, and it's going to get us to where we want to be." >> Read more

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

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Greg Bird wants to play. Anyone (Hello, Mr. Unnamed Yankees Source) who believes otherwise should watch a replay of Bird's reaction after he blasted a mammoth home run which propelled the Yankees to a 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Bird has been an offensive catalyst in the division series, hitting .300 with a .462 OBP and .900 SLG with two home runs and three RBI. There is little doubt Bird is a key cog in the Yankees' offensive machine, and it was something many saw coming two years ago...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : They might as well have promoted Game 3 as "Pinstripe Redemption Night" with the way so many much-maligned Yankees, including the manager, thrived Sunday night against Cleveland.

Now the Yankees need another bit of refurbishment in Monday night's Game 4: A Luis Severino reputation makeover. Severino was the Yankees' best pitcher all season, but he was awful in his humiliating start against the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game, lasting only one-third of an inning.

Severino sagged in his big moment, but the Yanks rallied to advance to meet the Indians in this Division Series. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, two games to one, after the Yankees won Game 3 Sunday night, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. But the Yanks at least hold a shred of momentum, thanks to big performances by the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Greg Bird and Aroldis Chapman.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Anthony McCarron
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Sweeny Murti reports on Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing on Friday and how the Yanks will need consistent pitching to go deep in October.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out a career-high 15 batters as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium on Friday. >> Box score


Tanaka didn't allow a baserunner until giving up an infield single with two outs in the fith inning.

Starlin Castro's RBI infield single and Greg Bird's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Aaron Judge's RBI single in the fifth inning extended the Yankees' lead to 3-0, and Bird's RBI single in the sixth made it 4-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Eamon McAnaney reports from Yankee Stadium as the Yankees swept the Twins thanks to homers by Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius.

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 45th home run of the season as the Yankees erased an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Twins, 11-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Judge hit a two-run homer down the line in right field and Gary Sanchez followed with a solo homer to center as the Yankees tied things, 3-3.

The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom of thefourth, with Greg Bird's run-scoring double, RBI hits from Brett Gardner and Sanchez, and a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius accounting for the damage...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird stretches during batting practice prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (back spasms) felt better on Tuesday and expects to return to the lineup on Wednesday, reports Erik Boland of Newsday.

Bird is currently day-to-day, manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Monday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field.

Bird was a late scratch from Monday's lineup with back soreness and was replaced by Tyler Austin.

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New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade reacts after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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The MLB calendar hits one of its final milestones today as club rosters can be expanded from 25 to 40 players. The Yankees have a slew of players that will eventually come to the Bronx, but expect the shuttle to make multiple trips. We'll review some of the players who might have an impact down the stretch (in alphabetical order).

Note: All prospect rankings are via MLB Pipeline.

Miguel Andujar (Yankees' No. 6 prospect)

Andujar has shredded Triple-A pitching this season (.333 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 plate appearances), but he's been bypassed as a call-up mainly because he is considered a work in progress at third base (.939 fielding percentage). Once the Yankees received Todd Frazier in the White Sox trade, Andujar feel further back on the depth chart. The thing is, Andujar's bat is legit and the Yankees could use some right-handed pop. It will be interesting to see when Andujar is moved up, but don't expect him to be replacing anyone just because he can be carried with the big club.

Tags: Austin Romine, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Headley, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jonathan Holder, Jordan Montgomery, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia called out Eduardo Nunez and the Boston Red Sox after Thursday's game for trying to bunt on him for the second straight matchup.

Sabathia called the Red Sox "weak" and then challenged the division rivals by saying, "If they've got something to say, we can meet in center field," according to the New York Daily News' John Harper.

With one out in the first inning, Nunez dropped down a bunt, which forced Sabathia off the mound. He rushed his throw, which pulled Greg Bird off first base for an error and allowing Nunez to reach.

"It's just kind of weak to me,'' Sabathia said after the Yankees' 6-2 win. "It shows me what they've got over there."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Greg Bird, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Bird is back with the Yankees, and will hit sixth during Saturday's contest against the Mariners. 

As it was announced after Friday's game 1B Tyler Austin was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Bird was heading to New York to make his return.

Bird has been on the DL since May 21 as he continued to battle an ankle bruise. 

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

First baseman Greg Bird (ankle) will be reevaluated Thursday and he could be back with the Yankees as early this Friday, according to multiple reports. 

Bird has been rehabbing with Triple-A Scranton, is scheduled to play another full game at first base Thursday. Since restarting his assignment with the RailRiders, Bird has recorded eight hits in seven contests. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Yankees 1B Greg Bird and 2B Starlin Castro are not ready to be called up as they need more playing time in Triple-A. 

According to manager Joe Girardi, Bird has been "swinging great," but the Yankees need to ensure he can play in back-to-back games.

"Part of it, though, is we've got to make sure he's ready to go back-to-back every day in the field and play three or four days in a row," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.

Tags: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday hits a double against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday and first baseman Greg Bird both took batting practice on the field prior to Monday's game against the Mets.

Holliday, who last played Aug. 4 due to a lower back strain, is hitting .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. He told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty he wasn't sure how much longer he would need to be on the disabled list.

Bird, who has been out since May 1 and underwent ankle surgery nearly a month ago, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday and could return later in August.

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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird on deck to bat during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday as he looks to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out several months, according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti.

Bird, who underwent ankle surgery on July 18, has been shut down since May 1. He participated in batting practice and light running last Tuesday when the Yankees were in Toronto to play the Blue Jays.

The 24-year-old Bird, who missed 2016 due to a shoulder injury, was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games prior to going on the disabled list.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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The Yankees have endured several stretches in 2017 without key players due to injury. They have played without Greg Bird (87 games missed through Tuesday), Starlin Castro (29 games missed; two separate stints on the disabled list) and Aaron Hicks (38 games missed) for significantly long periods.

Each of the players are working on getting back to the club, but which one will have the biggest impact as the Yankees push for a postseason berth?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird continued their rehab with the team at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. 

According to Newsday's Erik Boland, both players participated in batting practice and light running hours before gametime. 

Castro is expected to begin running the bases when the Yankees return home to face the Red Sox. He was placed on the disabled list for the second time in July due to a hamstring injury. He last played on July 21. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hit in a batting cage on Sunday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment later this month, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.

Bird, who had been shut down since May 1, is expected to hit on the field next week and then would begin defensive drills and baserunning for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on July 18.

Members of the Yankees' medical staff believe Bird can come back toward the end of August, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The 24-year-old first baseman said last week he was feeling better after he had surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle.

Bird had hit .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games before he was shut down. He missed the 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

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