The Yankees have placed 1B/DH Greg Bird on the 10-day disabled list due to a right ankle bruise and recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, it was announced Tuesday.
Bird, who initially suffered the injury during Spring Training on March 30, will be shut down for 7-to-10 days.
An MRI of Bird's ankle ttaken Tuesday showed the same bone bruise that was apparent during the MRI that was taken in early-April.
The 24-year-old Bird, who missed the entire 2016 season due to a labrum tear in his shoulder, is 6-for-60 this season, is hitting .100 with a .250 OBP and .200 SLG with one HR, three doubles, and three RBI in 19 games this season.
Refsnyder, 26, has hit .262 with a .332 OBP and .354 SLG in 74 career games with the Yankees spanning 2015 and 2016.
He was hitting .260 with a .352 OBP and .429 SLG in 21 games this season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
When MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a 10-day disabled list in the new collective bargaining agreement, I figured it would be used more often for the seemingly minor issues that forced tough decisions on 15-day stints. Unfortunately, it seems the Yankees failed to take advantage of the new timeframe with Bird since he's been dealing with this since Spring Training.
Time and again, we have seen that bone bruises tend to linger and if the player is still active they have a hard time healing. It appears this is the case with Bird, and it happened instead of taking care of this before his offense went into a tailspin.
In the end this might not be a bad thing for Bird, as it will give him a chance to clear his head some after his 6-for-60 start at the plate. He'll have the benefit of regaining his swing mechanics at a minor league level and most importantly, he'll be healthy.