New York Yankees Make Questionable Roster Move – Huge Loss Follows

After a long wait, the New York Yankees have finally brought up first-baseman, Greg Bird, from the minor leagues. His debut was a disaster, and the player that was forced to sacrifice his roster spot was arguably the Yankees best utility man.

Ronald Torreyes, who has batted .339 in 22 games, was sent down to the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton team. To fill his roster spot was Bird, who went 0 for 4 in his first game, where the Bombers suffered a massive loss on the arm of Sonny Gray (11-4)… Again.

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According to the Washington Post:

“I feel like I’m going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a great team and I’m excited to be back,” Bird said. “I’m ready to go every day.”

Unfortunately, the young Bird didn’t take flight in his first game back in the majors after returning from a bone spur in his foot.

“I feel like I’m going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a great team and I’m excited to be back,” Bird said. “I’m ready to go every day.”

General manager Aaron Boone decided to send down the productive Torreyes, who had an on-base-percentage of .785. He could have chose to send down one of their eight relief pitchers, but rather made a questionable decision. Boone has suffered through many growing pains as a first-year head coach.

“Obviously, a very difficult decision for us,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Hopefully, it’s something that’s temporary. I mean, for what Toe means to our team, to our clubhouse, to the guys in that room, to the way he performs, certainly not deserved. You know, with 14 games over 13 days I think we just felt like we needed the extra pitcher through this time. Feel like other guys have very much thrown themselves into the mix as far as deserving to be here — Toe included. So, a very difficult decision was made and it made for a difficult night.”

The major question moving forward will be the bullpen and the play of Tyler Austin. The first-baseman has performed well thus far, so replacing him with Bird is certainly a controversial call. Despite the fact that Bird is a Brian Cashman guy and was expected to be the first-baseman moving forward, Austin has proved to be sturdy, and giving Bird the additional time to heal might be necessary.

We will see on Sunday what Bird can bring to the table and if he can emerge from his cold hitting-streak with some flare.