Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the entire 2016 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the team announced on Monday.
According to the press release, the injury is a reoccurrence of an ailment Bird sustained in May 2015.
The 23-year-old debuted with the Yankees in 2015 after Mark Teixeira was lost for the season to a broken leg. Bird hit .261 with 11 home runs in 46 games. He wasn’t likely to see much action this season unless Teixeira were to be injured again.
Teixeira’s contract will expire at the conclusion of the season, leaving Bird as the lone big-league first baseman on the roster entering free agency.
The lefthanded hitter will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
- Kenny Ducey