Another day. Another Yankee first baseman.
Ji-Man Choi will play first and hit seventh on Wednesday after his promotion from Triple-A Scranton.
Chris Carter was designated for assignment for the second time in 12 days on Tuesday.
“It’s hard. It just hasn’t worked out. He’s had opportunities. He gave a good effort. Every day he came to work and tried to get better. It just didn’t work out, so we felt it was probably time to go in another direction.”
Choi will be the team’s eighth first baseman to get an at-bat this season and ninth to play the position defensively, counting Bryan Mitchell. The 26-year-old has 54 games of MLB experience with the Angels in 2016. He had a .611 OPS and five homers in 112 at-bats.
The Yankees face the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.
Greg Bird was supposed to be the team’s everyday first baseman following a splendid spring. But ankle and knee injuries have prevented him from playing since May 1. The team is contemplating exploratory surgery for Bird. Girardi thinks he has another doctor’s appointment on July 10.
“I’m not so sure when Bird is coming back,” Girardi said. “I don’t think any of us know what his timeline is so I think it’s unfair to even speculate on that. I think all of us thought he would have been back by now and that is not the case.”