NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Greg Bird #31 of the New York Yankees celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on October 1, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 4-1. The Yankees clinched a wildcard playoff position and won their 10,000th regular season game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Prior to tonight’s game against the Angels, the team announced that Greg Bird has been reinstated from the disabled list. In a corresponding, and somewhat surprising move, Ronald Torreyes has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Roster Moves: Earlier today, the Yankees returned from rehab and reinstated 1B Greg Bird (#33) from the 10-day disabled list. Following last night’s game (Friday), the Yankees optioned INF Ronald Torreyes to @swbrailriders.
This will be the first time Bird suits up this season. He went down at the end of March and had to have surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle. In 94 games for the Bombers, the first baseman is hitting .227/.316/.477 with 20 homers.
Torreyes has appeared in 22 games this season, hitting .339 with six doubles and six RBIs. The move is a surprising one, considering he was the main backup for Didi Gregorius and could also man third and second base. Many thought Tyler Austin and/or Neil Walker would be the odd men out, but their play as of late is hard to ignore.
I wouldn’t expect Torreyes to be in Triple-A long, as his versatility in the field, his bat, and the success of his late night talk show make him too valuable to the Big League club.