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Greg Bird to undergo ankle surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

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The Yankees have announced that first baseman Greg Bird will undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle. Bird is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Bird, 25, underwent surgery last year to remove excess bone growth on that same right ankle. As a result, he played in only 48 games, batting .190/.288/.422 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 170 plate appearances.

This is obviously not the news the Yankees wanted to hear about their starting first baseman, especially this close to the start of the regular season. The Yankees do have options to fill Bird’s shoes, as Neil Walker or Tyler Austin could man the position. The club also recently released Adam Lind and could ask him to come back given the circumstances.

Bird was a lightning rod for criticism last year as some people — including some within the Yankees’ organization — believed he was making up his ankle issue. Let’s see if the latest news brings the same people crawling out of the woodwork.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.