Greg Bird will miss his third straight game Wednesday. Bird, who has been sidelined since Monday with back spasms, had hoped to play in Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Rays at Citi Field.
Joe Girardi said he decided to take a cautionary approach and leave Bird out of the lineup.
“I was under the thought it would be a couple days,” Girardi said before Wednesday’s series finale. “Back spasms, it’s usually more than one day from my experience with them.”
Girardi hopes Bird can return to the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
The Yankees 24-year-old first baseman — who has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury — got a precautionary MRI on his back Tuesday that came back normal.
Despite Bird’s inability to stay healthy, Girardi said he still envisions Bird being a key piece of the Yankees’ young core moving forward.
“I still think that he’s an everyday first baseman that could have a big impact, but…