After a dominant Spring Training, Greg Bird struggled during the month of April. He struggled so much, his batting average dipped to .107, and he was benched prior to the Yankees facing Wade Miley andthe Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.
However, if you were wondering if Bird was going to be demoted to the minors, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed it was the farthest thing from his mind.
“It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.” Cashman said prior to the Yankees 7-4 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Bird eventually saw action during Sunday’s 11-inning affair, but Joe Girardi felt compelled to use Chris Carter at first to start the game. If Bird continues to struggle, Carter could see more time at first base while Bird sits on the bench.
— Something I missed yesterday–or actually didn’t get a chance to write about–was Pete Kozma found a new home. During Sunday’s game, Kozma was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, and was promoted to the Major League level. The Rangers optioned Jurickson Profar to the minors as the corresponding move.
The Kozma era was short, but it wasn’t all in vain. We’ll always have that game against the Pirates.