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.
McGehee, 29, is hitting .230 with eight homers and 35 RBI 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.
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 dead...