Greg Bird was all set to return to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday, but Aaron Boone didn't want to risk it.
After taking batting practice, Bird -- who was hit on his right elbow by a pitch on Wednesday -- was scratched before the Yanks' 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday for precautionary reasons. Bird was also scratched on Thursday and sent for X-rays and a CT scan because of swelling; both tests were negative.
"Bird's fine," Boone told reporters on Saturday, per MLB.com. "I decided one more day, because he's going to play (Sunday.) He took BP today and felt good. It's nothing more than me saying I want to wait one more day on it. I decided I'd rather have all the swelling out and it not be an issue."
Bird, whose career has been derailed by injuries, has been competing with Luke Voit this spring to be the Yankees' starting first baseman. Initially it wasn't expected that both players would be on the Opening Day roster, but Aaron Hicks' back injury has opened the door for both Bird and Voit to open the season in the majors.