The injuries that have haunted Greg Bird’s Yankees career did not follow him to the Dominican Winter League.
The first baseman made it through his week-long test at the end of October in the Dominican Republic unscathed. Bird and the Yankees wanted to find out if Bird had fully recovered from the plantar fascia tear in his foot that kept him sidelined for all but 10 games of the 2019 season.
According to NJ.com, Bird played in seven games for Gigantes del Cibao and went 3-for-24 with six walks and eight strikeouts. He then returned to Tampa to continue his offseason preparations.
Bird has not hit over .200 since his breakout 2015 rookie season, and has been limited to a combined 140 games in the past four seasons due to numerous severe injuries.
Bird’s future with the Yankees is unclear. He made $1.2 million last season and stands to earn a slight raise in 2020, but the Yankees could non-tender him to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
For now, though, Bird appears to be healthy for the start of 2020 spring training if the Yankees opt to give him another opportunity.