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Yankees Greg Bird and Starlin Castro to begin rehab games this week

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 04: New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at bat during the MLB regular season game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on April 4, 2017, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird and second baseman Starlin Castro will begin rehab assignments this week, according to Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch. Meanwhile, outfielder Matt Holliday was taking batting practice on Sunday.

Bird recently underwent ankle surgery and has been out since the beginning of May. He will play his first rehab game on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old got off to a dreadful start this season, slashing just .100/.250/.200 with one home run and three RBI over 72 plate appearances while trying to play through his ankle injury.

Bird has had some rough injury luck over the past two years, as he also missed the 2016 campaign with a torn rotator cuff.

The Aurora, Co. native, whom the Yankees selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, broke into the majors in 2015 and slashed .261/.343/.529 while connecting with 11 long balls and driving in 31 runs across 178 trips to the dish.

Castro was placed on the 10-day disabled list back on July 22 due to a right hamstring injury. He will play his first rehab game on Friday.

The 27-year-old was held out of the All-Star Game because of the issue.

He is enjoying a terrific season, owning a slash line of .307/.344/472 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI through 337 plate appearances.

Meanwhile, Holliday was placed on the disabled list last week due to a left lumbar strain.

After a strong start to the season, the 37-year-old had a miserable month of July, slashing just .130/.164/.188 with one homer and four RBI over 72 trips to the dish.

Overall in 2017, Holliday is slashing .229/.319/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 314 plate appearances.

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