Yankees activate 1B Bird, send down Torreyes

The New York Yankees welcome back Greg Bird on Saturday, activating the first baseman from the disabled list and sending hot-hitting infielder Ronald Torreyes to Triple-A Scranton.

The Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Bird underwent right ankle surgery on March 27 and is coming back with a hot bat; Bird homered in two of his last three games at Class AAA. Right-handed hitting first baseman Tyler Austin could enter a platoon at first base with Bird. Veteran Neil Walker, a switch-hitter, could be impacted as well.

Bird did see limited time in the outfield during his rehab assignment, but the Yankees are also overstocked at that position even with Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list.

Torreyes was batting .339 in 62 at-bats and had seen action at second base, third base and shortstop.

Bird, 25, originally injured the ankle by fouling a ball off of it during the final spring training game before the 2017 season. He later underwent surgery in July and played in just 48 games.

He batted .190 with nine homers and 28 RBIs last season. He made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2015, hitting .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games but then missed all of 2016 after suffering a torn labrum that required surgery.

Bird had a poor spring training this year, batting just .154 with one homer and 16 strikeouts in 52 at-bats before going on the shelf.

–Field Level Media

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