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Yankees’ Greg Bird out for 2016 season with torn labrum

Greg Bird of the New York Yankees rounds

Greg Bird of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after his home run in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept. 2, 2015 in Boston. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Greg Bird, the Yankees’ backup first baseman, will miss the 2016 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the team announced Monday.

Bird is scheduled to have surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. The Yankees said David Altchek will perform the surgery.

The Yankees said Bird’s injury is a reoccurrence of an injury he sustained last May.

Bird, one of the organization’s top prospects, debuted for the Yankees on Aug. 13, 2015, as an injury replacement for Mark Teixeira.

In 46 games last season, Bird hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. He struck out 53 times in 178 plate appearances.

A lefthanded hitter, Bird hit .270 with nine home runs against righthanded pitching and .238 against lefties.


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