Brandon McCarthy's wife, Amanda, may have been as excited as anyone to find out the right-hander was traded from the D-Backs to the Yankees on Sunday, because her husband was going to be forced to shave his beard.
"Haha @BMcCarthy32 you have to shave that nasty thing growing on your face! I WIN," she tweeted Sunday from her account @Mrs_McCarthy32.
"She hates it," McCarthy said Tuesday in Cleveland.
A clean-shaven McCarthy will make his Yankees debut against the Indians on Wednesday hoping to pitch deep into the game for his new team. McCarthy was swapped for lefty Vidal Nuno, who started the season as a reliever but was forced into the starting rotation by the Yankees' injury woes.
Nuno completed the seventh inning once in his 14 starts in New York this season and pitched into the seventh four other times. McCarthy has spent the majority of his nine-year Major League career as a starter and is more accustomed to throwing more pitches and lasting deep into games than Nuno.
"It's something that I try to take pride in," McCarthy said. "Even if I'm getting hit, it's just, get deep in the game. ... But it's something that, especially when I'm going well, you just try to get as deep as I can, take the pressure off the bullpen, take the pressure off the pitching coaches and the other coaches."
The Indians will send right-hander Josh Tomlin to the mound to try to spoil McCarthy's debut. Aside from a complete-game one-hitter against the Mariners on June 28, Tomlin has allowed five earned runs in three of his last four outings.
In his seven starts at Progressive Field, Tomlin is 2-4 with a 5.45 ERA, but he has been solid enough overall this season to keep his spot in the rotation since being promoted from Triple-A Columbus in early May.
"Josh Tomlin's been everything he's supposed to be," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Yankees: Beltran's knee improving
Carlos Beltran was not in the Yankees' lineup for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, but the swelling in his right knee had improved.
"I woke up feeling better," he said. "I'm going to go hit BP and do everything [Tuesday], just to go through the whole program. But I feel a lot better. Just being able to wake up feeling better, I feel good."
The Yankees are hoping Beltran will return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Indians: Masterson placed on the DL
After being tagged for five runs on six hits while lasting only two innings during his last start on Monday, the Indians placed Justin Masterson on the disabled list to rest his sore right knee.
The injury has bothered him off and on during what has been a rough season for Masterson. His record stands at 4-6 with a career-worst 5.51 ERA. During his last three starts, he has posted a 13.00 ERA, allowing 20 hits and 10 walks, and owns a 7.16 ERA in his last 11 starts dating back to May 13.
"Masty's first inclination was wanting to pitch through it, which I think we respect," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We thought, we DL him, get him some treatment for the first couple days, whatever he needs with his knee."
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• Yankees right-hander Shane Greene earned another start after earning his first career victory on Monday. Manager Joe Girardi announced Greene will pitch Saturday against the Orioles.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.