NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Greg Bird is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with the New York Yankees’ Class A affiliate in Tampa as he works back from ankle surgery.

The oft-injured first baseman has been playing in extended spring training and homered Tuesday. Manager Aaron Boone says Tuesday was the best Bird has felt since the operation.

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Bird had surgery March 27 and was projected to miss nearly two months. Surgeons removed a small broken spur on the outside of his right ankle. Bird also missed time last year with a right ankle injury.

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Boone estimated Bird would need 10 to 20 days on a rehab assignment before he’d be ready to return to the major leagues.

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