New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi moved Chase Headley back to third base and started Greg Bird at first base for Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, but assured Todd Frazier that there will still be some playing time available for him.
Bird was activated from the 60-day disabled list following Friday night’s loss, with Tyler Austin optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“I think it’s important to keep guys fresh,” Girardi said. “You have to perform to play. We’ll make the decisions day by day.”
Bird had been sidelined since May 1, and underwent surgery July 18 to remove the os trigonum bone from his right foot. He hit .423 in 26 at-bats at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning to the Yankees.
“I’m excited,” said Bird, who had 60 at-bats before being sidelined. “I’m really excited to be back.”
Headley can play both corner infield spots, and one of the three could serve as the designated hitter in some games depending upon the pitching matchups.
Frazier is hitting .226 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox. He is hitting just .212 with 21 homers and 59 RBIs in 114 games overall this season.