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Ankle surgery to sideline Yankees' Bird another 6 weeks

theScore — Jonah Birenbaum

Greg Bird's injury-riddled season has taken another lousy turn, as the New York Yankees announced Monday the 24-year-old will undergo surgery on his troublesome right ankle, sidelining him a further six weeks.

After missing the entire 2016 season following shoulder surgery, Bird has played just 31 games this summer - 19 of them with the Yankees - due to knee and ankle issues, and the club has decided that surgery is necessary to resolve the latter, as a cortisone shot couldn't quash the lingering discomfort.

In late June, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed skepticism that Bird would make it back this season, though he applauded the oft-injured first baseman for doing "everything we've asked" to get back on the field.

"I'm doing everything I can to get back," Bird said earlier this month, according to MLB.com's Matthew Martell. "That's pretty much all I know. I love (the game) and I want to play with these guys. I would hope people see that, but obviously I've just got to take care of what I can take care of."

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Bird, a fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft, has hit .217/.316/.438 (102 OPS+) with 12 home runs, 12 doubles, and a 30.4 percent strikeout rate in 65 games.

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