Bird to miss 2016 MLB season

New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the 2016 MLB season after it was announced that he will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Bird, who made his MLB debut last August, will go under the knife to repair a torn labrum after he felt discomfort in his shoulder during the off-season. Bird initially hurt his shoulder while playing in the minor leagues in May last year. 

On Monday, the Yankees confirmed that the 23-year-old will have surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, with the procedure to be conducted by Dr. David Altchek. 

Bird, who was given the chance to make his MLB debut after Mark Teixeira fractured his shin, hit 11 homers, 31 RBIs and nine doubles during the 2015 season. 

The 2016 MLB season will begin in April and the Yankees will kick off their campaign at home against the Houston Astros.