Yankees 1B Greg Bird said he is "very close" to returning to the Yankees following a month-long stint on disabled list with a bruised right ankle, reports the New York Daily News.
Bird has played six rehab games thus far and is scheduled to play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night. He had a double in an appearance with Single-A Tampa on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old said he will be able to return once his ankle responds properly to playing consistently. "I think I'll just know when I know," he said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that although Bird had not yet played a full rehab game, he was progressing nonetheless, according to NJ.com.
In 19 games for the Yankees this season, Bird is hitting .100 with one home run and three doubles.