The New York Yankees and the Scranton Railriders both took a blow, as the team announced that first baseman Greg Bird will miss the entire 2016 season due to surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Unfortunately, this injury is a repeat of the injury that he suffered in May of last season.
Bird came into 2016 ticketed to be the Railrider’s first baseman and a certain call-up, should Mark Texeira have suffered an injury during the season.
While this certainly hurts the team’s depth and Bird’s development time, it’s expected that in-house option Tyler Austin will see some time at first. The Yankees also made a move this afternoon per this tweet by Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
#Yankees sign two minor league vets who finished 2015 in Korean majors: RHP Tyler Cloyd (good control) and 3B Deibinson Romero (big power).
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) February 1, 2016
Expect the just signed Deibinson Romero to also see time at first in Bird’s absence. Romero hasn’t seen Major League action and has spent the majority of his playing career in the Minnesota Twins farm system.