The Yankees are expected to activate first baseman Greg Bird and RHP Tommy Kahnle off thie disabled list for this weekend's series against the Los Angeles Angels, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.
Bird, 25, has not played a regular-season game since undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle in March. In 12 minor league rehab games, he has hit .205 with three home runs and eight RBIs.
He has played in just 48 MLB games since 2016. Last year, he hit .190 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs, missing most of the season with an ankle injury. He missed the entire 2016 season with a shoulder injury.
Kahnle, 28, has not pitched since April 12 due to shoulder tendonitis. He has allowed seven runs (five earned), four hits and eight walks in 7 1/3 innings this season. As a Yankee in 2017, he recorded a 2.70 ERA in 32 relief appearances.
Catcher Gary Sanchez, who left Tuesday's game with a right calf cramp and was a pinch hitter on Wednesday, is expected to start on Friday.