CHICAGO -- Going from the Pirates to the Yankees didn't use to be this hard.Casey McGehee was a conflicted corner infielder as he departed on Tuesday to join the team with the American League's best record. That had a lot to do with the Pirates being only a couple games behind the Bombers' pace, and also in contention. Winning 58 games in Pittsburgh just had to be more fun. "Even though I wasn't here long," said McGehee, "I loved every minute of it. It was fun being a part of seeing the city get behind the team and come back to the ballpark. I had a blast while I was here. I wish everyone nothing but the best." McGehee was acquired in an offseason deal from the Milwaukee Brewers. He now moves on in a trade which brings right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh. With both third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira out with injuries, McGehee could temporarily be a prime-time player for the Yankees. "I get a chance to go play for arguably the greatest franchise in the history of sports, so there's something to be said for that," McGehee said. "But it's weird; since Spring Training, it's been Pirates and Zoltan -- then one phone call and you've got to change your mindset to bleeding pinstripes."
If Gaby Sanchez arrives in time and "feels good," as manager Clint Hurdle put it, he'll likely make his Pirates debut as the first-base starter in Wednesday afternoon's game against Cubs lefty Travis Wood. Sanchez will wear No. 14. Daniel McCutchen was available out of the bullpen Tuesday, as the replacement for Brad Lincoln and the stand-in for Chad Qualls. When Qualls reports, McCutchen is expected to return to Indianapolis. Andrew McCutchen, named the National League Player of the Month in June after hitting .370, entered the final game of this month hitting .437 (38-for-87) in July.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.