Greg Bird is once again headed under the knife.
Bird will undergo right ankle surgery on Tuesday to remove a small broken spur on the outside aspect of his right ankle, according to the team.
The 25-year-old first baseman will require 6-8 weeks of rehab before returning to game action.
Neil Walker and Tyler Austin could share duties at first in Bird’s absence.
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Bird hit .154 in the spring. He reported discomfort and was scratched from the lineup on Saturday. Bird underwent an MRI and CT scan but those tests showed no structural damage.
Bird flew back to New York 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.
Bird also had surgery on his right ankle in mid-July of last year. That came after he fouled a ball off his ankle on the final day of spring training.
Bird has played in just 94 regular-season games the last three seasons due to injury.