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.
Prior to that, Bird hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games in 2015.
McKinney was placed on the DL after sustaining a shoulder injury by crashing into the outfield wall in Toronto in the team's first series of the season.
McKinney went 1-for-4 in his first taste of the majors.