The New York Yankees announced today that first baseman Greg Bird would be heading to the disabled list with an ankle bruise. They have also optioned right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa while calling up Chasen Shreve and Rob Refsnyder to fill the roster spots.
Gary Sanchez is beginning a rehab assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders playing catcher for the first seven innings today.
With Refsnyder up to the big leagues, the RailRiders are down a man and could see a reinforcement to come from Trenton.
At the Single-A level, the Tampa Yankees have had some bad luck as they placed both catcher Sharif Othman and right-handed pitcher Albert Abreu on the disabled list. With that, the Yankees added catcher Austin Afenir and Gosuke Katoh from extended spring training.
Afenir, 25, was a 25-round draft pick in 2015. He spent last season with the Charleston RiverDogs where he hit .242/.278/.325 in 63 games. In two seasons in the organization, he owns a .261 average, .314 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage over 123 games.
Katoh, 22, has been with the Yankees since he was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft. In 334 career games, he has a slash line of .243/.356/.363.