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Dec 20, 2012 7:40pm
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NEW YORK —The Yankees obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for
reliever Chad Qualls on Tuesday, giving them a right-handed batter to plug in
while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries. Marshall Newhouse Jersey . McGehee, 29, is
hitting .230 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in almost 300 plate appearances. The
33-year-old Qualls was acquired by New York from Philadelphia on July 1 and
pitched in eight games. The AL East-leading Yankees expect to fill his spot in
the bullpen with Joba Chamberlain. He was set to make a rehab start at Double-A
Trenton on Tuesday night, but was told to head to the Bronx after the deal was
done just before the 4 p.m. deadline for trades without waivers. He could be
seen in the dugout before the game. Rodriguez is on the disabled list after
breaking a bone in his hand when he was hit by a pitch last week. Teixeira
received a cortisone shot Tuesday, a day after leaving a game against Baltimore.
The Yankees customarily make small-bore deals to strengthen their bullpen or
bench around the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers. McGehees addition
follows one last week to add outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, though McGehee will
mostly be used to fortify a bench that includes Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez and
has been a strong point all season for the Yankees as they deal with a number of
injuries. Manager Joe Girardi said he expected to use McGehee at first and third
base. Eric Chavez has mostly filled in at third this season, though he has four
starts at first, as does usual right fielder Nick Swisher, who is freer to play
at first with the acquisition last week of Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle
Mariners. On Tuesday night, Ichiro played in right, Swisher was at first and
Chavez played third against right-handed starter Chris Tillman. “Obviously, with
the Alex thing, he gives us a right-handed bat. Were pretty left-handed,”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “It gives Joe flexibility.” Earlier
Tuesday afternoon, Teixeira said he hoped to be back as soon as Friday. His left
wrist was in a brace and he said he was hoping rest, ice, and
anti-inflammatories would have him ready to go by then.