The Yankees are not yet considering sending 1B Greg Bird to the minors, even though the rookie's batting average dropped to .100 on Monday.
"Our job is to find a way to get (Bird) through this," manager Joe Girardi told Christian Red of the Daily News. "If he's completely lost for a substantial period of time, then you talk about (a demotion to the minors). I've said all along, I think he's had some pretty good at-bats. I don't really think he's chased a lot."
Bird, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered during spring training, is not thinking about a possible demotion to the minor leagues. Instead, the 24-year old is focusing on breaking out of this slump.
"Like I've said before, I know what I'm capable of. I think these guys do too. It's frustrating, but I've got to deal with it," Bird said. "Keep working. That's what it comes down to. I take some good swings. I don't know. I feel like I've done a better job. Right now, I'm playing, going out there, giving it my all. I think (the ankle injury) is slowly getting better. I've got to do better."
In 60 at-bats this year, Bird is batting .100 with one HR and three RBI to go with 10 walks and 22 strikeouts.
May 1: Greg Bird's woeful start to the regular season is in alarm status. Bird had such a momentous spring training that seeing him hitting .100 through 60 at-bats seems inexplicable. There have been times Bird seemed set to break free of the slump, but then he looks like a lost hitter the next day.
I've been preaching that this season is about figuring out what the young players have within them. Further, I believe the Yanks need to keep the players in New York to do so. Bird should get 600+ at-bats in the big leagues this season, and if he does, only then can the Yankees decide how he fits into the future.