Yankees’ Greg Bird expected to return from disabled list Saturday

Greg Bird is expected to be back in the Yankees lineup this weekend.

Bird will be activated from the disabled list Saturday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Bird underwent right ankle surgery in late March and has yet to play this season.

Bird has struggled with injuries throughout his major league career. He batted .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games as a rookie in 2015 but missed all of 2016 with a right shoulder injury. He appeared in just 48 games last season.

He gets on base a lot, he’s possibly one of the best baserunners on the team, Maddon told reporters. It’s one of those things — preconceived notions — that you get hung up on. But I like what he’s doing. When the bottom of the order has been productive, there’s a potential for a lot of baserunners in the one-hole.

Only there wasn’t any such potential Friday as the Cubs’ No. 7-8-9 batters were a combined 0-for-9. It also didn’t help that Rizzo went 0-for-4 and stranded three runners.

And, now, suddenly the Cubs-Reds rivalry isn’t what it used to be.

Toronto broke the deadlock in the fourth when Randal Grichuk hit an RBI double and Aledmys Diaz followed with a sacrifice fly.

Blue Jays infielder Yangervis Solarte made it 5-2 with a two-out RBI single off A.J. Minter in the seventh.

Blue Jays C Russell Martin has walked at least once in eight straight games, matching a career-long stretch. Martin, who walked twice Wednesday, also walked in eight straight in 2013.

Braves: Markakis started at designated hitter, the first time this season he hasn’t played one of the corner outfield spots.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will be activated off the disabled list to start at the Angels on Saturday, Gibbons said. Stroman is 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in seven starts. … 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) left the team Wednesday and will continue working out at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida. Donaldson will not begin a rehab assignment until he is able to run the bases at full speed.

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