The Yankees are calling up prospect Greg Bird

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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.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.