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Yankees place Greg Bird on 10-day injured list, call up Mike Ford from Triple-A

The former undrafted free agent has had a great start to 2019 and will get a shot with the big league club

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The Yankees have been in need of an impact bat to replace the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar in the lineup. It looks like they’ll give a shot to their best Triple-A hitter, as Mike Ford will be called up today.

Ford has been in the system since 2013, and while he wasn’t a ranked prospect on FanGraphs, he’s shown an ability to hit minor league pitching consistently, with a 156 wRC+ in Scranton in 2017, 114 last year, and a sterling 235 in the early goings of this season. When compared against the production at the bottom of the Yankees’ current lineup, it’s hard to imagine he would be a net negative at this point.

To get Ford on the roster, the team had to make a few corresponding moves. First, Jacoby Ellsbury shifted to the 60-day injured list. Then, Greg Bird, landed on the 10-day injured list with a plantar fascia tear. The first baseman had been hitting just .171/.293/.257 (57 wRC+) this season.

Once again, the injury situation for this team is literally a farce. Best of luck Mike, please stay healthy.