Ford was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Friday's game against the Twins.
Ford hit just .179/.378/.321 with a homer and two RBI through 10 appearances with the Yankees. This move frees up a spot on the roster for Miguel Andujar (shoulder), who is expected to be activated from the injured list ahead of Saturday's game.
Ford is in the lineup as the DH, hitting fifth against the Twins on Friday.
The 26-year-old slides into the starting lineup for the first since April 25. He's hitting just .167 in 24 at-bats since his callup from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre, but he has drawn eight walks to give him a solid .394 on-base percentage.
Ford went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Angels.
His fifth-inning blast off Chris Stratton was Ford's first career homer, and first RBI, in the majors. The 26-year-old is slashing only .176/.364/.412 through his first five games, but with the injury-wracked Yankees looking for offense from any source, Ford should continue to get regular chances to produce until someone like Giancarlo Stanton (bicep) comes off the IL.
Ford is in the lineup as the designated hitter, hitting seventh against the Royals on Thursday.
Ford had his contract selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and he'll slot in and make his MLB debut for this contest against Kansas City. The 26-year-old was off to a red-hot start to the season in Triple-A, with a .410/.467/.897 slash line over 39 at-bats prior to his call up.
New York announced the transaction shortly after George A. King III of the New York Post reported that Ford would receive his first big-league callup. The 26-year-old will assume the active roster spot of first baseman/designated hitter Greg Bird, who was placed on the 10-day injured list after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Bird had struggled mightily at the plate prior to getting hurt, so there could be an opportunity for Ford to stick around with the big club even if Bird's absence proves to be only a short-term situation. Ford slashed a modest .251/.326/.433 over 108 games in the minors in 2018 but has been one of the top hitters early on in the International League this season, amassing a 1.364 OPS over his first 45 plate appearances.
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