Greg Bird was scheduled to play today but he came in this morning with some swelling and tightness where he was hit by a pitch yesterday above his elbow. Going back to Tampa now and will have x-rays.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 21, 2019Manager Aaron Boone said he thinks Bird could have played, but he didn’t want to mess with his mechanics. Aaron Boone said he did not want Greg Bird to play through soreness because he was worried it would affect his mechanics. Boone says he thinks he could have played, but he thought it was best to send him home.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 21, 2019Bird is in the middle of a competition with Luke Voit to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman and this was the last thing he needed. Related News Yankees’ Brian Cashman weighs in on first-base battle between Greg Bird, Luke Voit The 26-year-old lefty missed all of 2016 with a torn labrum, significant amounts of time in 2017 with ankle and foot injuries and even more in 2018 removing bone spurs.Bird is batting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs this spring, while Voit is hitting .316 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. It’s happening again.Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday’s lineup to undergo X-rays on his elbow after being hit by a pitch in New York’s 2-1 loss to the Astros on Wednesday, according to The Athletic.
Ian Rush insists Raheem Sterling DOES want to play for England – and believes sensible management will see the youngster deliver his best for both club and country.The Liverpool forward was left out of the Three Lions’ starting XI for the 1-0 Euro 2016 victory against Estonia on Sunday afternoon, after complaining he was tired.Roy Hodgson has announced he will speak to Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers about how to manage the 19-year-old’s development, and former Reds favourite Rush claims communication will be the key going forward.“Raheem Sterling played in the World Cup last summer which is not just physically, but mentally tiring,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “England can’t just rely on Sterling. He’s maturing and his body is still filling out. I want to see Sterling playing for the next 15 years, not [the next] five.“Sterling wants to play for England. When I speak to him he’s very passionate about that.“He’s just been honest though and said, ‘I am tried’. I’m sure Brendan and Roy will have a word and say, ‘come on, let’s do what’s best for the lad’.“That will see him produce his best goods for Liverpool and England.”