Yankees 1B Greg Bird says his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling better and that he's excited for 2017.
Bird, 24, missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder and subsequent surgery.
"I think there will be work that has to be put in to get used to the swing again and get used to everything ... but I have no doubt in my mind that I can go out and perform this year like I want to perform," Bird said in a video that was posted by the team.
"The doctor told me when he did the surgery you're going to be amazed at how good this thing is going to feel when it's all said and done, and technically it's not all said and done yet and it's already catching me off guard at times with how unbelievable it is in a lot of ways, so I'm excited," Bird concluded.
Bird recently played in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .215 with a .346 OBP and .354 SLG with six extra-base hits, 10 RBI, 17 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 78 plate appearances.
He served only as a designated hitter while playing in the AFL.
Bird hit .261 with a .343 OBP and .529 SLG with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 46 games for the Yankees in 2015 during what was his rookie season.