On Tuesday, the Yankees announced that first baseman Greg Bird has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right ankle. Outfielder Rob Refsnyder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bird fouled a ball off of his ankle near the end of spring training, but he played through it and it may explain his lackluster performance. Bird is hitting .100/.250/.200 with one home run and three RBI in 72 plate appearances.
GM Brian Cashman was recently asked if Bird’s lack of production merited a demotion to the minors, but Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Chris Carter is in Tuesday’s starting lineup at first base, batting eighth. He figures to see most of the time at first base while Bird is absent.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.