New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird hit in a batting cage on Sunday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment later this month, according to YES Network's Meredith Marakovits.
Bird, who had been shut down since May 1, is expected to hit on the field next week and then would begin defensive drills and baserunning for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on July 18.
Members of the Yankees' medical staff believe Bird can come back toward the end of August, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The 24-year-old first baseman said last week he was feeling better after he had surgery to remove the os trigonum from his right ankle.
Bird had hit .100 with one home run and three RBIs in 19 games before he was shut down. He missed the 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.