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Brian McCann kept out of lineup with stiff left knee

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann runs on

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann runs on his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Brian McCann did not get his wish.

The catcher went to bed Tuesday night hoping to wake up Wednesday morning and not feel stiffness on the inside of his left knee.

It didn't happen.

"I woke up, it was stiff," McCann said.

An MRI performed Wednesday showed inflammation, which will keep the catcher out for at least the next "couple" of days.

"Right now I'm just hoping a couple of days will knock it out," said McCann, who ranks second on the club in RBIs (65) and third in homers (18).

McCann pinch hit for Didi Gregorious with two outs and two on in the ninth and flew out to center to end the game.

"If I have to go in in an emergency, I'll be fine to do that," McCann said before the game. "But I'm hoping that I can get a couple days to let it heal."

McCann felt some discomfort in the knee during Tuesday's seventh inning when he attempted to block one of the myriad curveballs Dellin Betances planted in the dirt.

"I knew it did something, it kind of stretched out, it felt awkward," McCann said. "Looking back at the position I was in, I'm lucky that's all it (inflammation) is."

John Ryan Murphy took McCann's place in the lineup, meaning the 24-year-old backup was behind the plate for Luis Severino's big-league debut.

"I was definitely looking forward to catching him for sure," McCann said. "But at the same time, Murphy, he's one of the best that I've been around."

Burawa DFA'd

In order to create a spot on the 40-man roster for utilityman Garrett Jones, righthander Danny Burawa, a Rocky Point high school grad and product of St. John's, was designated for assignment. The 26-year-old, made one appearance with the Yankees this season on June 21 and had a 2.55 ERA in 32 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

First impressions

The Yankees have scored 92 first-inning runs, the most runs by any club in any inning this season.

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