Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said he is feeling good and seeing the ball well after hitting his first home run of the season in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.
"I'm feeling good at the plate and in the field, and the timing and all of that," Bird said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "Just gotta stay the course. That's the hardest thing."
Bird, who made his season debut Saturday after undergoing ankle surgery, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning, the lone Yankees' run.
"You gotta respect the fastball. That's the biggest thing with him," Bird said. "He's got a great fastball, and he knows how to use everything else."
Manager Aaron Boone said he is encouraged at what he's seen from Bird, who missed the first 47 games of the season and is 3-for-11 this season, so far.
"You can just see a real comfort up there," Boone said. "The fact that he's gotten some early results has been nice, but what I've been pleased with is really all of his at-bats have been really competitive and you can just tell he's in a really good place."