Ford will be part of the Yankees' roster for the AL Wild Card Round against Cleveland.
Ford had very little success at the plate this season, hitting .135/.226/.270 in 84 plate appearances. He'll presumably be limited to pinch-hit duty because starting first baseman Luke Voit led the entire league with 22 homers.
Ford was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday.
Ford was on the major-league roster since the start of the season, but he saw a drop in playing time recently as he was on the bench for each of the last seven games. With Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) and Gio Urshela (elbow) returning from the 10-day injured list, Ford's services were no longer needed at the big-league level.
Ford is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
Though the Yankees' designated hitter spot remains open with Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) on the injured list, Ford hasn't been able to lock down a full-time role, as manager Aaron Boone has instead opted for a rotation of players at the position. Ford will be on the bench for the third time in four games while Aaron Hicks gets a turn at DH.
Ford went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
Ford opened the scoring in the first when he knocked in Gio Urshela with a single. In the third, Ford went deep off Red Sox starter Chris Mazza. The 28-year-old Ford is up to two homers, 10 RBI, three runs scored and a .194 batting average in 11 games this season.
Ford will start at first base and bat fifth Sunday against the Red Sox.
DJ LeMahieu (thumb) became the third Yankees regular to land on the injured list in a one-week span Sunday, joining Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) and Aaron Judge (calf). The latter two absences had already opened up more work for Ford, and his chances of earning a more stable role should only increase while LeMahieu is sidelined. Ford, who is picking up his fifth start in six games Sunday, is batting just .156 over 35 plate appearances, but three of his five hits have gone for extra bases.
Ford went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in a win over Atlanta on Tuesday.
Ford doubled home a pair of runs in the fifth inning and drove in another with a two-bagger in the seventh. The 28-year-old figures to see his playing time increase with Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a hamstring injury, and Ford has now started consecutive games at DH. On the season, Ford is slashing .227/.280/.455 with a home run and seven RBI.
Ford will serve as the Yankees' designated hitter and will bat sixth Sunday against the Rays, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
The Yankees will give Ford the first chance to replace everyday DH Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. While Ford should see his overall opportunities increase for the duration of Stanton's absence, the 28-year-old won't necessarily settle into a full-time role. Manager Aaron Boone could elect to use Aaron Judge at the DH spot more often, in which case Mike Tauchman would benefit from more playing time in the outfield.
Ford went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Ford got the start at first base in place of Luke Voit in the first game of the twinbill, and he capitalized on the opportunity with a 437-foot blast off Tyler Glasnow in the third inning. The homer was Ford's first of the campaign and only his third hit overall.
Ford would be a candidate to make the big-league squad if MLB decides to expand rosters when play resumes, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Ford's place on the Opening Day roster had been in question throughout the spring, and his spot seemed to grow more tenuous with the possible return to health of Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) due to the delayed start of the campaign. However, talk of MLB expanding roster sizes to account for a shortened spring training has Ford solidly back in the mix. Per Kuty, the Yankees value Ford's experience and left-handed bat off the bench despite not necessarily needing a backup first baseman.
Ford's likelihood of making the Opening Day roster is lessened with the probable return to health of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge by the start of the regular season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
While Ford's big bat appeared to give him a leg up on a roster spot prior to the suspension of spring training, the delay to the start of the regular season figures to reduce available bench spots by two due to the anticipated return of both Judge and Stanton. Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade and Rosell Herrera are all candidates for an Opening Day roster spot, which could bump Ford back to the minors, especially considering his limited versatility in the field. Ford didn't help his chances in spring training, as he hit .194 with only one home run during Grapefruit League play.
Ford failed to make the Yankees' ALDS roster.
Ford recorded a .909 OPS in 50 games this season, including a 1.142 OPS in the month of September. The Yankees will side with Luke Voit and his longer track record to begin the playoffs despite Voit's poor run down the stretch.
Ford is being considered for a spot on the postseason roster, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Ford lost time to Luke Voit through the first part of September, but Voit's current 1-for-32 slump combined with Ford's strong play has brought into question which player will make the ALDS roster. Through 14 games in September, Ford is slashing .364/.447/.727 with three home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.175 OPS.
Ford went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBI, and three runs scored in Friday's win over the Rangers.
Ford extended the Yankees' lead with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and he tacked on a two-run double in the ninth. On the season, Ford is batting .257/.346/.564 with 12 home runs and seven doubles across 48 games. His postseason playing time will be limited with Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) returning soon and Luke Voit also available, but until then, he's certainly proving his own potential.
Ford went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Saturday's 7-2 win over Blue Jays.
Serving as the first baseman, Ford gave the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish with a fourth-inning RBI single, and he added a sixth-inning double and a second RBI single in the seventh. Despite the productive game, the 27-year-old has a difficult path to playing time with Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) set to return and Luke Voit also available. Nevertheless, Ford is slashing a solid .244/.333/.526 with 11 homers and 21 RBI in just 135 at-bats this season.
Ford hit a two-run homer in his only plate appearance in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays.
Ford was sent to the plate as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and launched a two-run shot to right center field. The 27-year-old has played sparingly in September but has been productive when called upon, batting .294 (5-for-17) with a pair of homers and four RBI this month.
Ford recorded a pinch-hit, walkoff home run in his lone plate appearance in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Athletics.
The 27-year-old is losing at-bats to Luke Voit, who just returned from the injured list, but if Ford keeps hitting home runs, manager Aaron Boone may have to a spot in the lineup for him. Ford has five homers and six RBI in his last six contests. Overall, Ford is batting .236 with 10 home runs, 16 RBI and 23 runs in 110 at-bats this season.
Ford is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
He'll sit for the second time in three days and looks on track to get squeezed out of the lineup more regularly following Luke Voit's return from the injured list over the weekend. With Voit back in the fold as the team's everyday first baseman, Ford will likely be part of a rotation of several players at the designated hitter spot.
Ford went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's win over Seattle.
Ford broke a 2-2 tie with a solo shot to right field in the fifth inning. The blast was his fourth home run in the last four games and eighth overall in August. Ford may see a reduced role with Luke Voit set to rejoin the Yankees on Friday, but he has proven more than capable of providing another power bat in New York's fearsome lineup.
Ford went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI to help the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Mariners on Monday.
The 27-year-old's contributions were pivotal in the one-run victory, as he swatted his seventh and eighth home runs of the season and wound up driving in three of his team's five runs for the game. Ford is hitting just .227 across 97 big-league at-bats this season, but he's provided solid power in his part-time duty, as the eight long balls leave him with a .505 slugging percentage.
Ford went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.
Ford did not start but was called upon to take the lineup spot of Didi Gregorius, who exited after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Ford took full advantage of the opportunity, going deep against Clayton Kershaw in the sixth frame and plating another run with a double off Pedro Baez in the eighth. Despite the productive game, the 27-year-old is likely to lose playing time as soon as Luke Voit (sports hernia) makes his imminent return. Ford is slashing .215/.318/.441 with six homers and 11 RBI in 107 plate appearances this season.
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|09/08||@ TOR||L 1-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||33||115||19||27||7||0||3||17||20||23||0||0||.235||.346||.374|
|2018||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||6||19||2||4||1||0||1||2||2||3||0||0||.210||.318||.421|