The Yankees injury train keeps on chugging along. The latest to get on board is first baseman Greg Bird, who the Yankees just announced has been placed on the injured list with a torn plantar fascia. The move is retroactive to Sunday.
An injured Greg Bird is nothing new, sadly. He has been riddled with injuries, including serious ones, over the course of his career, causing him to miss entire seasons. Last year was his career high in games played with 82.
Bird was not hitting well to start the season, and now he’s likely to be out for a long time. The Yankees called up Mike Ford from AAA to take Bird’s place on the roster.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.