Yes, there is a cause of concern for Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who is 1-for-29 to start the season after hitting .451 during Spring Training.
But while it’s concerning, it’s not time for anyone to panic…yet.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought Bird was frustrated with his poor start, but Bird appeared optimistic after he went 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s baseball,” Bird said following the Yankees 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. “The guys have been supportive. I can hit. I know I can hit. So I just got to keep going, keep working and work through it.”
We know Bird can hit; we’ve seen it in Spring Training and when he briefly came up to help an ailing Mark Teixeira back in 2015. Not to mention Bird’s sample size is extremely small. If it was June and Bird only had a hit then we could worry, but it’s April. Some guys start the season slow and some hit off the bat.
Chase Headley is off to one of the best starts in his career, and says he doesn’t worry about Bird’s ability to hit.
“You never want to see a guy get off to a tough start, especially with the spring training that he had,” Headley said. “He got a little banged up, and the timing gets off. But I don’t worry about him. He’s going to hit. We just got to keep running him out there and keep getting him at-bats. He’s going to figure it out.”
As for giving Bird a day off to mentally clear his head, Girardi says he’s going to keep putting Bird in the lineup in an attempt that he gets out of his early slump.
“He has to try to fight his way through this,” Girardi said. “That’s what we’re doing.