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Swollen knee keeps Carlos Beltran out of lineup

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran walks to the dugout

The Yankees' Carlos Beltran walks to the dugout after popping out to the catcher with two men on base in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Monday, June 30, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CLEVELAND - To a slow-to-heal right elbow, add a swollen right knee to Carlos Beltran's physical issues.

The switch hitter was not in Monday night's lineup because of swelling in a knee that has given the 37-year-old problems in the past.

"We got a text [from Beltran] today," Joe Girardi said before the game. "Not a lot [of swelling].''

After the Yankees' 5-3 victory over the Indians, Beltran said the injury occurred during his last at-bat against the Twins on Sunday. "My spike got caught in the batter's box," he said. "Today I felt tightness in the back of my knee. It's not the knee, just where the hamstring and tendon attach in the back of the knee."

The Indians' doctor examined Beltran, whose condition was not deemed serious enough to require any tests. Beltran, exclusively a designated hitter since returning from the disabled list June 4, spent all of the pregame undergoing treatment. He did not rule out playing Tuesday night.

Beltran went 2-for-15 in the four-game series against the Twins but does have eight hits in his last 30 at-bats.

McCarthy in town

Brandon McCarthy, acquired from the Diamondbacks on Sunday for Vidal Nuño, is with the team but isn't expected at the ballpark until Tuesday. He's scheduled to start Wednesday.

Although McCarthy's numbers (3-10, 5.01 ERA) aren't impressive, Girardi said there isn't much on the trade market to begin with. The Yankees tried to deal with the Cubs for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but lacked the quality prospects the A's had.

"There aren't a lot of guys available, and part of the reason for that is you add the extra wild card and there's a lot of teams still in it, so there's probably not going to be a lot of people available," Girardi said. "Makes you wonder if down the road they'll move that trading deadline back because of the extra wild card."

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