Cory Spangenberg

Yanks 1B Greg Bird needs ankle surgery again, out 6-8 weeks

Once again, Greg Bird is hurt as spring training comes to a close.

The oft-injured New York Yankees first baseman will need surgery on his ailing right ankle and could be sidelined for two months. The team learned of the setback Monday while in Atlanta for its final exhibition game, three days before the season opener at Toronto.

"Obviously, we were hoping it was going to be a shorter-term thing," said rookie manager Aaron Boone, who took over a club that reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last year. "But we feel like we got some answers. We feel like we know what the surgery's going to accomplish."

Bird will have surgery to remove a...

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