Greg Bird‘s ankle has been bothering him since Spring Training, and it may be the culprit why Bird has heavily struggled at the plate.
But the Yankees want to give Bird’s ankle more time to heal. That’s why Bird is heading to the disabled list to recuperate.
The Yankees have officially placed Bird on the 10-day DL and have called up Rob Refsnyder as a replacement. Bird won’t engage in baseball activity for seven to ten days and will most likely have to go to Triple-A for a rehab assignment.
However, Bird isn’t the only player suffering from an injury. Jacoby Ellsbury underwent an MRI for a bruised elbow and won’t play for the next few days. He’s not on the DL yet, but if Ellsbury can’t play during the Chicago Cubs or Cincinnati Reds series, the Yankees will put him on the DL retroactive to today.
— Gary Sanchez will catch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight and tomorrow, and will DH on Thursday with hopes he’ll return on Friday against the Chicago Cubs.