Bird Getting Ready To Rev It Up

Greg Bird didn't get to play in Spring Training games this year because of an ailing back. As is the case with most injuries to their prospects, the Yankees are taking their time with Bird. He says there is a plan in place now, however, for him to begin revving things up in his rehab and it shouldn't be too long before he joins the high-A Tampa Yankees.

"In that first week of Spring Training -- I kind of had felt it for a little while and it was kind of on and off, and then one day it just got worse," Bird said of the back. "It was manageable and it wasn't really affecting me at all, and then one day it felt way worse and I told them 'I've got something going on' so we started the treatment."

It isn't the same back pain that he experienced a couple of years ago. That pain in 2012 was considerably lower in his back and the pain he has experienced so far this spring has not only been higher on his back but it's been hard to specifically diagnose.

"I [tweaked] it on a swing a while ago and it was just kind of there, and I wasn't quite getting over the hump and then I woke up one morning [thinking] it was going to be a bad day, and it ended up being a bad day.

"[It's] more of a combination of everything. I think it was just one thing led to another and it just snowballed into a super back spasm type deal.

"My muscles just felt all locked up and I've been going to the chiropractor so I think it's just a mix of being out of alignment, being back to swinging a lot and running around a lot. We never really got a direct answer on what it was but it feels better now so that I'm happy."

As one could imagine, Bird was pretty disappointed sustaining the injury, especially on the heels of a great offseason that saw him put on nearly twenty pounds of good weight in preparation for the 2014 season.

"It sucks, it's not fun at all, especially on Opening Day and not being part of the team," he admitted. "I hate it but I'm over pouting about it.

"I'm just moving forward, doing the rehab, and it's easier knowing when I'll be back. It's tougher when you don't know anything. I'll be back out there soon, I'm not really too worried about it. It'll be fine."

He has already resumed baseball activities but the rehab plan involves more of a slower revving up process.

"I feel good but I'm probably a couple of more weeks out," he revealed. "I'm progressing, it's just a matter of them taking it slow with me and me getting the at-bats that I need. Obviously they're not going to rush it. I should be ready in about three weeks so that's good.

"I should be playing in [Extended Spring Training] games in a week and a half to two weeks if I was betting. I think that's what the plan is. Right now I'm just swinging and throwing, running a little bit, that's pretty much it. [This] week I'll start doing some more stuff. It's just dry swings right now."

He started hitting off of a tee on Saturday and he will doing some sort of hitting a thrown ball sometime this week, and then next week taking actual batting practice, and then the following week getting some game action in Extended Spring Training games.

Once he gets into Extended Spring Training games though, things will pick up quickly since he will be able to get a ton of at-bats in those games, putting his ETA with the Tampa Yankees around three weeks from now.

"They've already set the plan pretty much. The plans are just slow. They're going to take the least risk possible and it's understandable. If there's a .01 percent chance you could regress they're not going to push it.

"Sometimes it's frustrating because they're there to put the brakes on you but it's good because somebody has to do it. If they didn't do it I'd just run myself into the ground and so would a lot of the other guys because that's just how we're made. Sometimes they've got to be the bad guy and sometimes they catch some heat for it but it's part of it," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"In that first week of Spring Training -- I kind of had felt it for a little while and it was kind of on and off, and then one day it just got worse,\" Bird said of the back. \"It was manageable and it wasn't really affecting me at all, and then one day it felt way worse and I told them 'I've got something going on' so we started the treatment.\"
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\r\nIt isn't the same back pain that he experienced a couple of years ago. That pain in 2012 was considerably lower in his back and the pain he has experienced so far this spring has not only been higher on his back but it's been hard to specifically diagnose.
\r\n
\r\n\"I [tweaked] it on a swing a while ago and it was just kind of there, and I wasn't quite getting over the hump and then I woke up one morning [thinking] it was going to be a bad day, and it ended up being a bad day.
\r\n
\r\n\"[It's] more of a combination of everything. I think it was just one thing led to another and it just snowballed into a super back spasm type deal.
\r\n
\r\n\"My muscles just felt all locked up and I've been going to the chiropractor so I think it's just a mix of being out of alignment, being back to swinging a lot and running around a lot. We never really got a direct answer on what it was but it feels better now so that I'm happy.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs one could imagine, Bird was pretty disappointed sustaining the injury, especially on the heels of a great offseason that saw him put on nearly twenty pounds of good weight in preparation for the 2014 season.
\r\n
\r\n\"It sucks, it's not fun at all, especially on Opening Day and not being part of the team,\" he admitted. \"I hate it but I'm over pouting about it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just moving forward, doing the rehab, and it's easier knowing when I'll be back. It's tougher when you don't know anything. I'll be back out there soon, I'm not really too worried about it. It'll be fine.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe has already resumed baseball activities but the rehab plan involves more of a slower revving up process.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel good but I'm probably a couple of more weeks out,\" he revealed. \"I'm progressing, it's just a matter of them taking it slow with me and me getting the at-bats that I need. Obviously they're not going to rush it. I should be ready in about three weeks so that's good.
\r\n
\r\n\"I should be playing in [Extended Spring Training] games in a week and a half to two weeks if I was betting. I think that's what the plan is. Right now I'm just swinging and throwing, running a little bit, that's pretty much it. [This] week I'll start doing some more stuff. It's just dry swings right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe started hitting off of a tee on Saturday and he will doing some sort of hitting a thrown ball sometime this week, and then next week taking actual batting practice, and then the following week getting some game action in Extended Spring Training games.
\r\n
\r\nOnce he gets into Extended Spring Training games though, things will pick up quickly since he will be able to get a ton of at-bats in those games, putting his ETA with the Tampa Yankees around three weeks from now.
\r\n
\r\n\"They've already set the plan pretty much. The plans are just slow. They're going to take the least risk possible and it's understandable. If there's a .01 percent chance you could regress they're not going to push it.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes it's frustrating because they're there to put the brakes on you but it's good because somebody has to do it. If they didn't do it I'd just run myself into the ground and so would a lot of the other guys because that's just how we're made. Sometimes they've got to be the bad guy and sometimes they catch some heat for it but it's part of it,\" he concluded.
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