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.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.