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Greg Bird suffers setback during rehab

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird went on the disabled list in early May with a bruised right ankle and began a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month. Unfortunately, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that Bird suffered a setback in his rehab when he fouled a ball off of his right leg, causing renewed swelling, Newsday’s Erik Boland reports.

Bird, 24, impressed in spring training, batting .451 with eight home runs and 15 RBI in 51 at-bats. At the end of spring training, though, he fouled a ball off of his right foot, which impacted his effectiveness during the regular season. From the start of the season through May 1, Bird hit a paltry .100/.250/.200 in 72 trips to the plate.

Chris Carter has handled first base while Bird has been out, but he hasn’t hit much, compiling a .207/.298/.371 triple-slash line over 161 plate appearances.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.