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Greg Bird to undergo foot surgery

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove excess bone growth in his right foot, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports. When surgery was suggested several days ago, the timetable for recovery was estimated at six to eight weeks, per WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.

Bird, 24, has been out since early May with an ankle injury suffered early in the season. He impressed with a strong spring but hit .100/.250/.200 in 72 plate appearances during the regular season before landing on the disabled list.

Lately, the 47-43 Yankees have been using Garrett Cooper and Ji-Man Choi at first base, but the club is also expected to be active in procuring a first baseman leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.