Tuesday morning, Jomboy tweeted out that Mike Ford will be called up by the New York Yankees.
It wasn’t literally Brian Cashman that DM’d him (though he does follow) but I trust that my boss (should I call him that?) is passing along reliable information.
UPDATE: The Ford call-up was confirmed by George King. Jomboy didn’t lie once again.
I would assume the corresponding moves are the following:
- 1B Greg Bird optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
- OF Jacoby Ellsbury, LHP Jordan Montgomery, or RHP Luis Severino has been moved to the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster
UPDATE: According to the Yankees PR team, Ford is up and Bird is on the 10-day IL with a plantar fascia tear. Ellsbury was, in fact, moved to the 60-day IL.
UPDATE (cont): No idea how long the recovery timetable is for such an injury, but that’s the much worse scenario than sending him down for being bad. It also answers many questions about why he’s been so bad.
Bird has been not good- in fact, he’s been bad- in 2019 thus far. He’s basically worked walks and gotten pitchers to throw a lot of pitches while playing an adequate defensive first base, but that’s kind of it. He really cooled down a lot over the last week, and he didn’t have much room to go. His triple slash: .171/.293/.257 (57 wRC+).
Yep, that’s bad. I was still supporting him as recently as late last week since his walks and not outweighed the strikeouts just yet, but now that has happened. I truly hope this isn’t his last chance, and I don’t think it will be. If it weren’t for the injury to Aaron Hicks, Bird would have-and should have- started the season in the minors anyway.
Mike Ford is not currently on the 40-man roster. You may recall that he was taken by the Mariners in the Rule 5 Draft in 2018 before not making the team and thus being returned to the Yanks. He remained not on the Yankees 40-man roster, until now.
Ford is 26 years old, attended Princeton University, and is a 1B/DH only guy. They can’t keep three of those guys between him, Bird, and Voit so that’s another reason why it is almost certainly Bird who will go down when the move becomes official.
As for the Ellsbury/Montgomery/Severino thing, those seem like the guys with the longest timetable for a return that aren’t already on the 60-day IL.
Ford has mashed at every level of the minor leagues he’s played at. In 10 games this year, he is hitting .410/.467/.897 (235 wRC+) with 5 homers, 4 doubles, and 14 RBI as a left-handed hitter. That’s wild. In 102 AAA games in 2018, he hit .253/.327/.433 (114 wRC+), which is much more down-to-earth, but still very good overall.
It would be cool if Mike Ford comes up and mashes to help turn the Yanks around while we wait for the injured guys to come back. I’m not sure how realistic that is, since he’s never played at the MLB level before, but it would be pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.