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Yankees bring back Greg Bird on minor league deal

The New York Yankees brought back a familiar face on Tuesday.

According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed first baseman Greg Bird to a minor league contract. He will start the season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Bird opted out of his deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday after he found out he wasn’t going to make their 40-man roster.

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The Yankees drafted Bird in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

He made his MLB debut with the Bronx Bombers in 2015, hitting 11 home runs in 46 games.

Injuries have been an issue since then as he missed the entire 2016 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder and played in just 140 games from 2017-2019 due to ankle and foot injuries. Bird hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2019.