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Yankees’ Greg Bird thinks he’ll be back in action next month

Greg Bird is eyeing a May debut.

It’s still very early in his rehab from right ankle surgery, but Bird is “happy” with his progress thus far and thinks a return to the majors next month his very real possibility.

The Yankees first baseman jogged on the field Thursday and Friday. He is scaling back his activity over the weekend but expects to hit in the cage on Monday before heading down to Tampa late next week when the Bombers leave for a seven-game road trip. Bird wants to “ramp it up more on the running side” next week and “do more agility stuff.”

“I’m getting better,” Bird said.

Bird hopes to get some live at-bats the week of May 1 — either in minor-league games or extended spring training.

“That’ll just come with time next week, see how next week goes, and then come up with more of a game plan after that,” Bird said.

Greg Bird says he expects to head down to Tampa next week to ‘ramp it up’ in hopes of May return.

(Lynne Sladky/AP)

Bird battled right foot and ankle problems virtually all of last season after fouling a ball off his foot in spring training. This more recent issue surfaced in March, and Bird has yet to play in a regular-season game in 2018. But less than a month after surgery that removed a bone spur in the right ankle, Bird already feels healthier than he did in 2017.

“Stability,” Bird said of the biggest difference he feels. “Like I can land on my front foot.”

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The Yankees placed reliever Adam Warren on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a back strain. They re-called righthander Jonathan Holder from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Warren allowed one run and two hits over 2.2 innings in Friday night’s 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

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