New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird could begin a rehab assignment soon and potentially return toward the end of August following ankle surgery, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.
Bird, who underwent surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle on July 18, said he is feeling better and is expected to have his stitches from his ankle removed either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.
The 24-year-old first baseman had been shut down since May 1 after he was diagnosed with a bruised ankle that had not healed the way he, team doctors and other members of the Yankees organization had hoped, which led to him undergoing surgery.
He would likely need to hit and field for a few days before he goes on a rehab assignment. Members of the Yankees' medical staff believe Bird can come back near the end of August, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Bird was hitting .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games before he went on the disabled list. He missed the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury and hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games in 2015.