This is huge news. Huge negative news for the New York Yankees. Joel Sherman of the New York Post report that Greg Bird is going to miss all of the 2016 season following shoulder surgery, which he’ll undergo tomorrow. The Yankees just confirmed this, saying that Bird has a torn labrum.
Bird, who just turned 23-years-old, made a big splash after being called up to the Yankees last year. In 46 games he hit .261/.343/.529 with 11 homers and 31 driven in. While he sat as a backup on the depth chart behind Mark Teixeira and likely would’ve started the year at Triple-A, Bird was almost certainly going to see some playing time in 2016 if — or more likely when — either Teixeira or DH Alex Rodriguez hit the disabled list, needed rest or lost effectiveness. Which, at their age, is a fairly safe bet at some point.
Even if they didn’t, Bird is clearly the Yankees’ first baseman of the future, and a year of development lost and the potential for other physical problems spinning out of all of this (note: shoulder injuries are really, really not cool in any way) represents the most awful possible news for the Yankees as they head into spring training.
In other news: Pedro Alvarez, call your office.