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Yankees acquire D'backs' McCarthy for ailing rotation

Brandon McCarthy has a 5.01 ERA but strong peripherals.

Brandon McCarthy has a 5.01 ERA but strong peripherals.

ATLANTA — The Yankees acquired help for their depleted rotation Sunday by trading for veteran RHP Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks.

Arizona is also sending New York cash in Sunday's deal for LHP Vidal Nuno.

The move comes after Yankees LHP CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee.

McCarthy, who turns 31 today, was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona this season. In nine seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A's and Diamondbacks, McCarthy is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA.

"McCarthy is an experienced starter that we expect to pitch well for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I know he's had his struggles, but he's seemed to turn it around. He has a good arm. His last few starts have been pretty good."

Despite his ERA, McCarthy has seen his average fastball velocity climb from around 91 mph the past three years to close to 93 this season. His xFIP, or Expected Fielder Independent Pitching — a measure of what his ERA would be with normal luck — is a strong 2.89.

McCarthy said he was informed of the deal after he reported for Sunday's game against the Braves. He will leave the last-place Diamondbacks and join a playoff race with New York.

"It's something I'm really excited about," McCarthy said.

Nuno, 26, was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts, with the Yankees.

The Yankees also designated OF Alfonso Soriano for assignment. Soriano, 38, was batting .221 with a .244 on-base percentage and a .367 slugging percentage in 67 games.

OBITUARY: Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Reds reach the 1961 World Series, died June 28 in Morton Grove, Ill. He was 84. Mr. Brosnan pitched nine seasons in the majors and made three appearances in Cincinnati's five-game World Series loss to the Yankees.

The right-hander (55-47 with 67 saves) had already drawn plenty of attention around baseball for his 1960 book The Long Season, a look inside the locker room that was a forerunner of Jim Bouton's controversial Ball Four a decade later. Like Bouton's book, Mr. Brosnan's was popular with fans but rankled some players.

JAYS LOSE SLUGGER: Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a right quad strain suffered in Saturday's game. Encarnacion, batting .277 with a .368 on-base percentage and a .591 slugging percentage, was announced Sunday as an American League All-Star reserve.

UMP HURT: Second-base umpire Dana DeMuth left the game between Seattle and Chicago after colliding with White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham in the fifth inning.

MARINERS: Ace RHP Felix Hernandez's next start was pushed back a day to Friday so he can be on the mound for the opener of a big series against the Athletics.

PIRATES: INF Clint Barmes is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin strain suffered Saturday.

REDS: 1B Joey Votto appears headed back to the disabled list with a strained left quad, reported. The former MVP returned June 11 after spending 25 days on the DL with the same injury. He hasn't homered since June 20.

WHITE SOX: 3B Conor Gillaspie left in the fifth inning with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch.

Yankees acquire D'backs' McCarthy for ailing rotation 07/06/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 9:30pm]
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