Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that the Yankees are calling up first base prospect Greg Bird today.
Bird, 22, is a fifth round pick from the 2011 draft. He was promoted to Triple-A Scranton in July and is hitting .301/.353/.500 batting line with six home runs in 34 games there. Before that he had an .804 OPS at Double-A Trenton this season and an .848 OPS at high-A and Double-A last year.
Curry says that Bird will be backing up Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez as the Yankees play 16 straight games without an off day. He, of course, is also a potentially key part of the Yankees future and a guy who could possibly help jump start New York’s recently moribund offense.
Which followed this transaction a week ago:
Which followed this transaction on July 31:
Getting the feeling that maybe Jones is not a huge part of the Yankees’ future. And that, with this DFA being his second in two weeks, maybe he’s not gonna accept a minor league assignment assuming he clears waivers.
In other news, when Jones signed with the Yankees, many took it as a sign that A-Rod would not get as many looks at DH. Then again, no battle plan ever survives engagement with the enemy.
It was a rough day at the office for the Yankees yesterday. Not only did the Blue Jays beat them for the third straight game, but their fans beat up on them pretty good too. And I’m not talking about booing. I mean that they literally beat up on them.
First, after Jose Bautista’s fourth inning homer, a fan in the left field stands threw the ball back onto the field. Rather than falling harmlessly on the grass, it smacked Brett Gardner on the head on the fly:
Gardner got a mark on his head, but was otherwise fine. It’s easy to think of how that could have been way worse, though.
Then, in the ninth inning Mark Teixeira chased after a foul ball that was just barely making the stands along the first base line. After reaching in to make the play, a fan came booking after the loose ball and slammed into Teixeira’s arm:
Teixeira jawed pretty hard at the guy. As I probably would’ve too. That could’ve easily led to some sort of shoulder injury which could sink the Yankees season. All for a damn ball.
Folks: the Yankees are your team. Try not to injure them, OK?