Greg Bird placed on injured list with torn plantar fascia
First baseman Greg Bird joined an overflowing injured list for the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Bird is out with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to April 14. The Yankees have 12 players on the injured list, including the makings of a pretty solid infield: catcher Gary Sanchez (calf), third baseman Miguel Andujar (shoulder), shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (calf), second baseman Didi Gregorius (elbow) and Bird.
Replacing Bird on the roster is first baseman Mike Ford, who was recalled from Triple-A and will be with the team Tuesday as the Yankees open a series with the Boston Red Sox.
Bird missed 2016 with a shoulder injury and needed surgery on his right foot in 2017. Last season, he had right ankle surgery.
Bird was hitting .171 with one RBI.
The Yankees also shifted outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day disabled list. He's in the next-to-last year of a $153 million contract but the 35-year-old did not appear in a game last season due to a torn labrum in his hip that required surgery. He last appeared in a game for the Yankees in October 2017 in the seven-game playoff series against the Houston Astros.