How will the Yankees replace Greg Bird at first base?

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This was supposed to be the year that Greg Bird finally stayed healthy, finally made it through at least most of the season at first base for the Yankees.

With the Yankees announcing Monday a six- to eight-week recovery period for first baseman Greg Bird, who's undergoing foot surgery Tuesday, the team has the certainty - and, it hopes, the sense of finality - that was so elusive when Bird first started feeling pained over the weekend.

Bird was said to be meeting with specialists to determine the next step.

"But he hasn't complained of anything or hasn't had any issues with the foot", Boone said.

The righthanded-hitting Tyler Austin, 26, was added to the 25-man roster. Tyler Austin, who had been slated to start the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, could see time at first in Bird's absence. We feel like he's a really good player and combined with Neil Walker over there, we'll play the matchup game pretty much each and every day.

NY had signed veteran first baseman Adam Lind to a minor league contract earlier this winter, though he was released on March 14.

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Bird flew back to NY to visit foot specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley on Monday, where the Yankees learned of the news that he would need surgery for a second consecutive season. Severino came on as the team's ace in the second half of the season, leading them to the 2017 American League Championship versus the Houston Astros, in which they held a 3-2 advantage, only to fall in the final two games to Houston's powerful and crafty young team, in the end, 4-3. When the foot did not improve, O'Malley operated July 18 to remove the os trigonum bone in the ankle.

Bird struggled this spring training, hitting just.154 in 52 at-bats with one homer, one double and four RBIs.

Bird was scratched from the starting lineup in a split-squad road game Saturday against Atlanta. He was evaluated in Tampa on Saturday afternoon and in NY on Monday morning with O'Malley, who recommended the surgery.

"I think the biggest question is if this becomes a problem for the rest of the season or the rest of his career", Teixeira said during a conference call Monday. "But we feel like we got some answers".

Perched near home plate, a fungo bat cradled within his grip, Aaron Boone has spent the past six weeks delighting in the thunder that the Yankees possess.

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